How is friendship represented in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Throughout the novel, the friendship between the boys is portrayed as fragile and insincere on the island. Simon, the only purely innocent character in the novel, is friendly and willing to help anyone in need. Simon volunteers to help Ralph build the shelters and also walks throughout the forest at night to let Piggy know where the group of boys is located. However, Simon is viewed as an outcast and the boys continually overlook him which means that his friendships are not mutual. Ralph's friendship with Piggy is not genuine because Ralph is willing to ridicule Piggy, and Piggy only seeks Ralph's protection. At the beginning of the novel, Ralph and Jack attempt to become friends, but soon become enemies after Jack's jealousy threatens Ralph's position as leader. The majority of the boys who are friendly to Jack are insincere in their kindness because they fear him. Even Roger, Jack's most trusted "friend," oversteps his authority when he no longer fears Jack. The only two characters who share a mutual friendship are the twins, Samneric. They are the only boys on the island who are truly concerned about one another's well-being and are considered loyal friends.

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