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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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In Lord of the Flies, how do different characters react to adverse conditions? Compare and contrast three major characters from the novel.

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Ralph reacts poorly in some ways, as he continues to hold on to his dream of power and respect, despite the fact that as time goes on he becomes more and more aware of his shortcomings and his inability to lead the boys effectively.  It leads him to some pretty...

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Ralph reacts poorly in some ways, as he continues to hold on to his dream of power and respect, despite the fact that as time goes on he becomes more and more aware of his shortcomings and his inability to lead the boys effectively.  It leads him to some pretty petty fighting and petulance.

Jack in some ways thrives on the disorder and difficult conditions as he rises to power and takes control of the boys as more and more flock to his banner.  His somewhat more dictatorial style is suited in many ways to the difficult conditions and makes it easy to get the boys to follow him as he con provide food and entertainment.

Roger allows his sadistic side to come out, or perhaps the difficult conditions allow it to come out, but he represents in many ways the darkest side of the boys as he clearly enjoys causing pain and in the end is really something of a sociopath.

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