Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Name and describe the first two characters we meet in Lord of the Flies.  

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The first two characters we meet in Lord of the Flies are Ralph and Piggy. We encounter Ralph as the story opens. Because it starts in media res, or the midst of the action, we are at first disoriented about what is going on or why this fair-haired boy is caught in a jungle. The picture begins to clear as we learn that

the jungle seem[ed] for a moment like the Home Counties.

At this point, we learn that he comes from a prosperous part of England: the home counties are those in the south surrounding London.

Ralph almost immediately runs into Piggy, a fat boy in schoolboy shorts and glasses.

Ralph, the son of a naval officer, represents what is best in English society: he is handsome, athletic, courageous, intelligent, and sociable. He almost immediately jumps into the lagoon for a swim, showing his ability to adapt to and enjoy his environment. Piggy is a representative of the intellectual force of the British Empire, and his glasses are a symbol of both his intelligence and civilized qualities.

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