Point of view,I would like to know different people's point of view on some of the main characters in the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. Here are some of the characters, feel free to...

Point of view,

I would like to know different people's point of view on some of the main characters in the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

Here are some of the characters, feel free to pick whomever you want.

1) Ralph

2) Jack

3) Piggy

4) Simon

5) Roger


Any input is greatly appreciated.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator


While Piggy is the antithesis of Ralph in looks, he is superior to Ralph intellectually.  And, he makes use of his attribute rather than feeling sorry for himself as he is bullied.  Unlike the boys like him today, Piggy does not whine much, nor does he kill himself because people make fun of him.  Instead, he utilizes his talents and adjusts to his environment--something people did before they became too weak to function in a society.  Piggy--albeit fat, myopic, and the target of ridicule--does not ask for sympathy; instead, he makes the best of what he has. He is no character to pity as Piggy almost makes it in the Darwinian world of Lord of the Flies.


As a reminder to the reader of the sixth sense that we so often ignore, Simon is the kindest of all.  Time and time again, he helps Ralph with the shelter-building and gathering of branches for the rescue fire, loyally remaining behind to do so after others have left.  Untuitively, Simon understands the "heart of darkness" that lies within all men.  However, as the man out of time, Simon is unable to communicate this intrinsic evil of man, and is beaten down by Jack and the Hunters.  He is the John the Baptist who sees into the deserts of man's hearts and tries to relate this evil that men do gratuitously to others.  Unfortunately, he, like Piggy, is not strong enough to survive the Darwinian world on the island.


Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a pretty open-ended question, so I'll take the opportunity to just share a few thoughts.  Roger has always fascinated me.  While Jack is mean and cruel, Roger is sadistic.  Jack is willing to use force or punishment or other kinds of violent means to achieve and hold his position as chief.  Roger, on the other hand, seems to enjoy cruelty for cruelty's sake.  He represents the very ugliest and generally controlled part of our nature--or at least I hope we generally control it.  Piggy's the one I connect to most.  I mean, the poor guy just has nothing going for him: he's fat, he's a spoiled mama's boy (okay, Auntie's boy), he has asthma, he wears those old coke-bottle glasses, he doesn't tan, his hair never grows...in short, he's everything we call ugly and make fun of in this world.  He has no chance; and, symbolically, neither does that which he represents.  Intellect and order can not last when there are no laws or restrictions to keep our sin natures in check.  Makes me sad.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon and Ralph are the two characters who interest me most. Why is Ralph experiencing waves of confusion? Why does a flap come down in his mind? This is a very curious failure/weakness in his character which, I think, deepens the sense of realism in Ralph but which is also unexplained. 

Simonis a symbolically loaded character. Neither weak nor strong, he is the only boy who flees the group entirely at times. His prophecies and his independence are distinctive and mysterious. 

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