Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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What are the relationships between these pairs of characters in Lord of the Flies: Ralph and Jack, Ralph and Piggy, Ralph and Simon, Simon and Jack, and Jack and Piggy?

In Lord of the Flies, Ralph and Jack are bitter rivals and enemies. Ralph and Piggy are close friends who share the same views regarding civilization. Although Ralph and Simon are not particularly close, they get along and appreciate each other. Simon and Jack do not care for each other. Jack and Piggy hate each other.

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In Golding's classic story Lord of the Flies, Ralph and Jack are bitter rivals, who are diametrically opposed to each other. Ralph is the elected chief and champions civility, structure, democracy, and rescue. Jack resents Ralph for being elected chief and purposely undermines his authority. Jack is a selfish, violent savage who is more concerned with hunting pigs and having fun than cultivating a civil society. Jack successfully usurps power, becomes the leader of his own tribe of savages, and hunts Ralph throughout the island.

Ralph and Piggy become close friends who rely on each other for support and encouragement. Ralph and Piggy share the same affinity for civilization and recognize the importance of maintaining the signal fire to increase their chances of rescue. Both boys oppose Jack and his savage hunters and struggle to retain their civility. Piggy relies on Ralph for protection, while Ralph relies on Piggy for his intelligence. As the situation on the island becomes increasingly...

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