In the world, there is and always will be a war of good versus evil. It is a battle that will not end until the world itself has ended. In The Lord of the Flies, there are some boys who can be thought to represent evil, and boys who represent good in the world. Jack and Roger both symbolize savagery and evil with their horrible behavior and thirst for killing. Ralph and Simon are almost complete opposites of Jack and Roger, because they are symbols of good and purity in the book.
Piggy is one of the first characters introduced in the novel, and he is described as "the fat boy", which encourages the reader to like him and sympathize towards him, even if nobody else does. Piggy proves to have a great deal of importance as his knowledge and common sense is profound compared to the other boys among him. For example, he is the first to recognize that their chances of rescue are very slim, he knows very well that the beast isn't real, and his ideas of survival surpass the other boy’s plans. Throughout the novel, Piggy remains wise, but this voice of wisdom is ignored. It is clear only in the book that Piggy is intellectually superior and physically inferior.
“He felt as though this man had come here expressly to remind him how puny, how tiny, and how weak and how white he was” (209). Just because of Jim’s size and dark skin color, Olaf felt as if Jim was a mean, blunt person. “Too big, too black, too loud, too direct, and probably too violent to boot” (Wright 209). Olaf even went as far as feeling offended by Jim’s appearance. “There was something about the man’s intense blackness and ungainly bigness that frightened and
You’ve made a big heap haven’t you?” Jack pointed suddenly. “His specs- use them as burning glasses!” (Page 40) As we see in the beginning of the story, Piggy becomes an impact on someone’s life. Ralph and Piggy meet each other after the plane crash and realize they have to bring the boys together for a meeting. Piggy becomes Ralph’s advisor and best friend while they are on the island. When Piggy dies, Ralph feels like a part of him is missing when he makes decisions and creates thoughts.
This is exactly what happened to the boys in Lord of the Flies. Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the other stranded students find themselves on a deserted island. When kids got to the deserted island after the plane crashed they had to survive without adult help. In the civilization vs. savagery allegory Ralph is part of civilization. He represents reason and leadership.
In the movie "Lord of the Flies," there is an excessive amount of contrasts with the book. The basic plot of the movie begins with the boys ending up on a deserted island after a plane crash. They elect Ralph as the leader of the "tribe" and little by little, the boys settle down. This order made by Ralph angers Jack, the chief hunter, and he rebels with his own tribe. After this, everything goes downhill and they become savages except for Ralph's tribe.
It is ironic to note that in society’s desire to drive away the ‘wretch’ and monster, they themselves have become ‘monstrous.’ Victor in particular, with his ruthless neglect and lack of paternal feeling towards the Creature, epitomizes society’s merciless and brutal prejudice. With his unchecked ambition, fatal hubris and inability to empathize with the Creature, Victor is perhaps more the monster than the Creature is. He
Next the mixed children are completely alone and ignored because of their background. The author demonstrates that although justice is "a right to every person" racism overrides this right. Tom Robinson is a prime example of injustice. He is wrongly accused and convicted because he is a black man. Even though he is innocent, because he is black, there is almost no chance he will win.
Each male character embodies a different male in society and each type of male Walker wants to portray to the reader. Celie’s Father Alphonso invokes no sympathy in the reader. The first phrase introduces us to him, ‘You better not never tell nobody but God, it’d kill your mammy’. This is the first male image that Walker wants the reader to be aware of which immediately forms a negative male image. Pa is the cruel, violent, uncaring, sexually driven male that appears to be the normal man in this society.
Jack becomes successful in gaining power because he rules by fear and with intimidation and brute force. Even the army of hunters fear Jack when he “beat Wilfred”(176) for no apparent reason. Although Jack’s irrational decisions appease the little ones, his actions hurt the boys’ chance of rescue. As time passes on the island, Jack’s own bloodlust prioritizes itself before the need to be rescued. In order to protect the little ones from the beast, he makes an offering “for the beast.”(151), creating the basis of a religion.