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What are some quotes from Roger that depict his sadistic personality in Lord of the Flies?

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Finding quotes "from Roger" that reveal his sadism isn't easy. Roger is "uncommunicative by nature" (chapter 7). His actions speak louder than his words, and they show how he becomes more and more aggressive as time on the island goes on.

At first Roger is just a typical bully, knocking down the sandcastles the littluns have built on the beach: "Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones." Not content with that, he hides among the trees and harasses Henry: "Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them."

When the boys have a mock hunt using Robert as the mock pig, Roger isn't satisfied, because there's no death. He declares, "You want a pig . . . like a real hunt." When the hunters kill the sow in chapter 8, Roger makes sure to get his sharpened stick into the act. He "found a lodgment for his point and began to push till he was leaning with his whole weight." Roger's insertion of the stick into the...

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