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Lord of the Flies: Character Profiles

Character Profiles in the book Lord of the Flies
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Transcript of Lord of the Flies: Character Profiles

How did Jack's personality change?
By Bryce, Eliott, Kathleen, Matthew, Mary, and Mary
Lord of the Flies: Character Profiles
Budapest
San
Francisco
What is Characterization?
What are Archetypes?
Examples of Architypes:
Character Profile: Ralph
Beginning Quote:
End Quote:
How did Ralph's personality change?
What personality traits led to his down fall?
Why did his personailty change so much?
Ralph's Archetype:
Character Profile: Piggy
Beginning Quote:
End Quote:
Comparisons & Contrasts:
How did Piggy's personality change?
What personality traits led to his downfall?
Why did his personality change so much?
Piggy's Archetype:
Character Profile: Jack
Beginning Quote:
End Quote:
Comparisons & Contrasts:
What personality traits led to his downfall?
Why did his personality change so much?
Jack's Archetypes:
Character Profiles:
Samneric:
Beginning Quote:
End Quote:
How did Samneric's personality change?
Comparisons & Contrasts:
Age: 9-10 years old
They are described as being chunky
Very vital to the group
They did everything as one unit
Cheery disposition
What personality traits led to their downfall?
Why did their personality
change so much?

Samneric's Archetype:
Piggy is a short, fat English boy who wears glasses and suffers from asthma.
“’Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter-plane, with wings swept back, and machine-gunned Piggy. ‘Sche-aa-ow!’ He dived in the sand at Piggy's feet and lay there laughing.’” (Ralph, 11)
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy” (Narrator, 202)
• "“Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar.” (page 38)
In the begining, Piggy acted as the parent of the group of boys, even though he was not taken very seriously.
First quote
Ruler
Simon
Roger, when he is first introduced in the book he is described as a boy who “kept to himself with an inner intensity and of avoidance.” (pg.22) No one really knew where roger came from he just appeared with the choir and continued to be a character that was shrouded in mystery. He would display sociopathic and sadistic tendencies that he could freely act upon. Roger would become one of the most feared savage on the island.
General Profile

Simon is a skinny, shy boy, with coarse black hair, and he has a contemplative and welcoming air about him.

Beginning Quote:
“When they had done laughing, Simon stroked Ralph’s arm shyly; and they had to laugh again,” (Golding 25).

Quote Explanation:
This quote shows how shy, yet easygoing Simon was when they first arrived on the island. He is not tense or worried at this point in the story because he is happy with people he believes are good and moral like he is.
roger
How did Jack's personality change?
Quote From the End:
"The usual brightness was gone from his eyes and he walked with a sort of glum determination like an old man," (Golding 146).

Quote Explanation:
This shows how weary Simon has become because he had been shown the darkness of mankind. He has lost his general joy of life because of the realization of the Lord of the Flies showing the worst in everyone.
"I'm going to him with this conch in my hands. I'm going to hold it out. Look, I'm goin' to say, you're stronger than I am and you haven't got asthma. You can see, I'm goin' to say, and with both eyes. But I don't ask you to be a sport, I'll say, not because you're strong, but because what's right's right. Give me my glasses, I'm going to say - you got to!” Piggy ended, flushed and trembling. He pushed the conch quickly into Ralphs hands as though in a hurry to be rid of it and wiped the tears from his eyes.” (page 171)

Piggy has just had his glasses stolen by Jack and his "tribe", and he gains the courage to command Jack to listen to his demands, and take him seriously.
Trait Comparison

Beginning:
Naturally moral
Cheerful
Helpful
Shy
Content
End:
Weary
Withdrawn
Determined
Exhausted
Jack:
Both quotes show Piggy to have some sense of seriousness, and they both show very little physical change, but the end quote gives him the nerve to challenge his opponents (Jack and his tribe.) In the beginning quote, Piggy is shown to accept that he is not taken seriously, where as in the end he is ready to prove himself.
How did their personality change so much?

Simon’s personality went to one of seeing the goodness in everything, to being able to see the darkest parts of humanity. He stayed naturally moral throughout the book, always helping when help was needed, but he stopped only seeing the good in others. In the beginning, Simon is seen as a shy yet lighthearted and cheerful boy. By the end of his time, it is said that the light has been taken from his eyes and he simply seems to be tired of fighting the darkness.
What personality traits led to their downfall?

His life of natural goodness and a deeper insight to the issues on the island ultimately led to his downfall. Simon was the first to realize that the beast was not a physical being, but something inside each of the boys. Out of his natural morality, he found it vital to tell the other boys of this discovery, and this led to his death.
Ralph is a twelve year old boy that becomes the leader of the island after blowing the conch. During this time he laughs a lot and plays around. Soon Ralph starts to forget the importance of the fire and gets help from Piggy often.
Why did their personality change so much?

Simon’s personality changed because of the gruesome events he witnessed. He is a naturally kind and moral character who is shown the worst side of humanity; a side that is contained in each of us. This malicious side, embodied by the Lord of the Flies, corrupted Simon’s good view of the world, and changed his personality with it.
Some Examples of Acheatypes Are:
The villian
The hero
The sage
The ruler
The followers
What archetypes did this person fulfill?

The outcast and the naturally moral character

Simon fulfilled the outcast archetype because of his shyness that caused him to become more and more secluded as the book continued. He was also the naturally moral character because he was constantly helping out around the island, for example when he helped the littluns get the fruit they could not reach even though he did not have to.
Characterization, according to Carson-Newman College, is "An author or poet's use of description, dialogue, dialect, and action to create in the reader an emotional or intellectual reaction to a character to make a character more vivid and realistic..."
William Golding has been shown to do this in many of his works, especially in
Lord of the Flies
. By doing this, Golding provides a connection between the readers characters that is on an entirely new and different level.
Archetypes, also according to Carson-Newman College, are "...(A) pattern from which other later copies are made, especially a character, an action, or situation hat seems to represent common patterns of human life. Often, archetypes include a symbol, a theme. a setting, or a character that...have a common meaning in an entire culturw, or even the human race."
William Golding includes a wide vareity of archetypes in
Lord of the Flies
that are very easy to identify and relate to.
Piggy is still just a serious as he was in the beginning of the book as he was in the end, but over time he gained a sense of self, and finally had the courage to stand up to Jack. Although there was not much about him that changed physically, his mental state changed drastically. In the beginning he was serious, reserved, and put up little fight to those who mocked him, but in the end he overcame his reservation and retaliated back to his attackers, who at the time were Jack and his crew.
second quote
character profile
how and why did roger's personality change
Ralph's personality changed from always having fun and making jokes to constantly thinking about his actions and then to forgetting the purpose of the fire
what personality traits lead to roger's downfall
Ralph wanted the signal fire to be kept going at all times so that they could be rescued Jack did not like that rule since it kept him from being ble to hunt so he broke away and hunted Ralph.
Which arcetype is Roger
The traits that lead to Piggy's downfall were his extreme seriousness and intelligence. Even though these would normally be positive traits to aquire, his intelligence and parent-like attitude blocked him from giving in to savage desires, which would have kept him alive against the other boy savages. While he was smarter than the other boys, this caused him to have a lack of animal urges, and he was not focused on survival.
His personality changed due to him being in charge of the island. He had to weigh his options and pick best path so that no one died. This however caused Jack to break off from the group and go against Ralph. This caused Ralph to start forgetting the purpose of the fire.
He is ruler because he blew the conch and summoned everyone. This caused everyone to elect him as leader
roger is describes as a creepy weirdo from the begining. he has a dark and creepy face and jet black hair. he is basicly the stereotypical creepy sociopath from every angsty middle schooler's dreams or nightmares.
"Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger." (Golding 20)
"A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of remains of a pair of specks at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still."(Golding 179)
“They were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication. They breathed together, they grinned together, they were chunky and vital. They raised wet lips at Ralph, for they seemed provided with not quite enough skin, so that their profiles were blurred and their mouths pulled open. Piggy bent his flashing glasses to them and could be heard between the blasts, repeating their names. ‘Sam, Eric, Sam, Eric.’ Then he got muddled; the twins shook their heads and pointed at each other and the crowd laughed” (19).
In
Lord of the Flies
, Jack is described to be a skinny and red headed boy that is about 12 years old. William Golding mentions that he looks "ugly without silliness". Jack was the lead choir boy before they were stranded on the island. Throughout the book, Jack's character develops greatly, and he is shown to possess the animalistic behavior and savagery in each human being.
Explanation of this Quote:
Explanation of this Quote:
Beginning of the book
End of the book
He remains eager to hunt.
Jack gives up on cooperation with Ralph and decides to form his own tribe.
mildly frustrated
This quote showcases Jack's
true
nature, even though it is not completely revealed until the end of the book. It mentions that he was frustrated and getting angry at the fact that he was not chosen to be the leader of the boys. By reading this quote, us, we the readers, are able to get a small peak into the mind of Jack Merridew and see how his true savage nature begins.
This quote takes place when the Naval Officer asks who the leader of the tribe is. This quote shows the readers that Jack's outlook on being leader has been revealed to have changed since the beginning of the book. He starts to step forward and then retreats...it shows the readers that he has realized that maybe he was
never
fit to be the leader of this rowdy pack of boys.
Jack's personality changes drastically throughout the book. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, he comes off as an annoyed choir boy, who just wants to hunt all day. He seems moody and frustrated when we first meet him. However, this changes in the middle of the book when he becomes more of an angry savage. Once he breaks away from Ralph's tribe, he is revealed to be bloodthirsty. Even though he remains this way throughout almost all of the rest of the book, he is shown in the very last chapter to have been a bit humbled. We see this when he starts to tell the Naval Officer that he is the one in charge, then retreats. Jack starts off as an angry boy, and finishes as a humbled savage.
The Villain
Throughout Lord of the Flies, Jack does a wonderful job of proving that he fits the Villain archetype. He constantly creates conflicts between Ralph and himself, torments Piggy frequently, and harms anyone who gets in his way. If Jack had not been on this island, the problems that occurred might not have happened. Jack is a cruel individual who just wants to unleash is inner savage and hunt.
Jack's
selfish
and
cold nature
towards the world in general is one of the main objectives that leads to his downfall. His
hostility
and
ruthlessness
also help hurt him and his tribe of savages. By helping kill Simon, he lost the only person who saw the
true
evil in mankind. Also, by being in charge of those who killed Piggy and enforcing a killing nature on those younger than him, he lost the most intelligent person on the island, a person who could have been a great help to him. If his
stubbornness
and
pride
had not gotten in his way, he could have forged a strong alliance between himself and Ralph, but instead he forged a hatred.
The reason Jack's personality changed so drastically in Lord of the Flies was because his surroundings and day to day experiences changed. If Jack had been in an environment with adults and if he had not been trapped on an island, he may not have become a savage. But since he began to tap into his natural instincts, he went from being the mildly-frustrated Jack to the bloodthirsty savage Jack.
Jack is jealous of Ralph
Jack is very controlling of the choir boys
Jack always has the desire to be in charge
He finds a way to work with Ralph while exploring the island.
Jack becomes bloodthirsty.
Jack later accepts that he is not the one that was the
true
leader.
Citations:
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http://web.cn/edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_C.html
"roger sharpened a stick on both ends"(pg.190)
roger has litteraly sharpened a stick on both ends. he most likly did this to be able to inflict more pain on others since that does apear to be his favorite hobby. by this piont in the book he has also killed piggy and has abandoned his humanity and feels free to hurt whom ever he feels like. (doesn't he sound like a lovely person.)
roger became more violent and aggressive as the story progressed. he went from just being a creepy kid who throws stones near children and detroys their sandcastles to someone who is literaly out to kill whom ever he feels like. this happened because there were no adults on the island to control or repremand him.
roger was, without a doubt, a sociopath. he showed signs of aggression, manipltaveness, a lack of remorse and sympathy, and antisocial personality disorder. these traits and the lack of adult supervision caused him literaly unleash the beast
roger is always shown to be hurting or manpulating the other characters into doing something cruel, or even killing people. he is a clasic sadistic sociopathic creeper that socioty idolizes today. now if you ask me this sounds very much like a villian. yes i know that jack is technachly the main villian, roger is just a much more evil-er villian
comparing and contrasting
roger didn't change drasticly through out the book. i mean, sure he became a lot more violent and killed some people but he didn't change as much as jack or ralph did. the only real change was him becoming more violent. he started with simply trowing stones at toddlers to smushing piggy with a giant boulder. (they grow up so fast) but other than that the rest of the changes were physical.
look how evil this child is
this is the face
of a phycho killer

some body drew this:
this looks like a l'oreal add
The Explanation:
This quote explains a lot about Samneric's personality in the beginning of the novel. It explains that they do everything together, and that they are cheery and vital to the group. Through this quote, the reader seems to get the understanding that Samneric's personality is very upbeat in terms of survival on the island.
“If it were light shame would burn them at admitting these things. But the night was dark. Eric took up; and then the twins started their antiphonal speech” (188).
Explanation of this quote:
This quote really shows what Samneric were like in the end of the novel. The quote references the word shame, which implies the characters (or character, however you wanna look at it) were ashamed of their wrong-doings when giving into Jack's savagery. Even though they were tortured, they seem accountable for their actions when turning on Ralph. The quote also references the word "antiphonal," which seems to mean that they were quiet when talking about their actions because they were, once again, ashamed of themselves.
Samneric's personality changed through Roger. He was the one who tortured them into turning themselves into savages. In the beginning of the novel, the twins were cheery, and they were always open to ideas of the others. By the end of the novel, Samneric succumb to savagery through the torture Roger puts them through. Although they stuck with Ralph for most of the book, they were not strong enough to fight their internal evils in the end.
Piggy
Piggy's personality changed due to the abuse he faces from Jack's tribe, and from the emotional strain caused by Simon's death. Both of these factors cause Piggy to want to take control, and finally have everyone hear out what he wants to say.
Piggy's archetype is the outcast.
He is the Outcast because of how his input is always rejected by the other boys, even when he has the conch. He is "brought back in" by himself, when he finally tries to stand up to Jack.
The Followers
Samneric are considered the followers in this novel because throughout the story, they constantly follow the leader at the time. For most of the story, they are seen following Ralph because he is the designated leader at the time, and they like him. By the end of the novel, although they were tortured, they still followed Jack and Roger into savagery. They were never strong enough to rise about the savage instincts of Jack and his tribe.
Traits in the beginning of the novel:
Cheery
Positive about the situation at hand
Comical
Followers
Traits at the end of the novel:
Scared
Shameful
Quiet
Expressionless
Followers
As you can see, the one trait that stays with them the whole way through this journey is the trait to follow the leader. We will get back to this topic in a minute. :)
The BIGGEST personality trait that led to their downfall was their desire to follow in the leaders footsteps. (Hence why this was the only trait they kept throughout the entire story.)
Their personality traits changed not only because of the special circumstances that they were facing (savagery), but because they always were following someone. For most of the book, they followed Ralph because they thought he was the leader of the "tribe." By the end of the book, they sided with Jack because they were tortured. Through their suffering, they were forced to see Jack as the leader. They gave into seeing Jack as the leader because of the fear of being a victim of the bloodthirsty acts Jack committed. Although they were ashamed of sticking with Jack, there was no way they were going to become courageous and stand up to him and Roger.
This quote shows how much Ralph acted like a kid. He was making fun of Piggy just because of how funny he thought his name was.
This quote shows how much Ralph changed by the end of the book. He understood that people just wanted to fight and so he wept for Piggy who was victim and his friend.
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