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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What are Jack's, Percival's, Sam Eric's, and Ralph's attitudes towards being on the island and the other boys?

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One of the great aspects of Lord of the Flies is Golding's attention to characterization in the novel.  Golding approaches the main characters, particularly Ralph and Jack, independently, so their views and attitudes on the island are very different.  Whereas Jack seems to be ambitious for the sake of power, Ralph seems to accept the leadership role out of his desire to help the younger boys take care of themselves and survive. 

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