Characters in Lord of the Flies


Mind map of the characters Jack and Ralph in the novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Includes quotes
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Characters in Lord of the Flies
  1. Ralph
    1. Democratic
      1. "We'll have hands up, like at school"
        1. "Let's have a vote"
          1. "Rules are the only thing we've got!"
            1. "Whoever's got the conch can speak"
            2. Insightful
              1. "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, for the darkness of man's heart"
                1. "Things are breaking up. I don't understand why."
                  1. "If faces were different when lit from above or below.. What was a face?"
                  2. Primal
                    1. "Ralph, too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh."
                      1. "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering."
                        1. "Eager to take place" in "demented society"
                          1. Loss of innocence: "discovered dirt and decay" within self
                            1. Becomes "dirty" rather than "golden"
                              1. Ralph's Hair
                                1. "a curtain"
                                  1. "like the tendrils of a creeper"
                                    1. "filthy"
                                    2. Denies own savagery, ashamed: "We left early"
                                    3. Initial leader
                                      1. "golden body"
                                        1. God, worshipped
                                        2. Ability to blow conch
                                          1. respect, admiration
                                        3. Civilized
                                          1. "he was back where he came from, feeding the ponies with sugar over the garden wall"
                                            1. "mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil"
                                              1. "Ralph dreamed of home"
                                                1. Prioritises the Boys' needs
                                                  1. "We need shelters"
                                                    1. "we ought to die before we let the fire out!"
                                                    2. "Daddy taught me"
                                                  2. Jack
                                                    1. Unsensitive
                                                      1. "fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.. useless lot of cry-babies!"
                                                      2. Natural Leader
                                                        1. "The most obvious leader was Jack"
                                                          1. choir leader
                                                            1. can only rule with cruelty
                                                              1. "We don't want you"
                                                                1. "Get me a drink"
                                                                  1. "I'm going to be chief"
                                                                  2. Appearance
                                                                    1. Contrasts to Ralph: "red hair" VS "fair hair", danger
                                                                      1. "cap badge was golden" : threat to Ralph's, the "golden body"'s authority, second potential leader
                                                                        1. "black cloaks" described as "creature"
                                                                        2. 1st pig hunt
                                                                          1. "I was just waiting for a moment"
                                                                            1. "Because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood."
                                                                              1. Unable to kill, still an innocent boy
                                                                              2. Conflict with Ralph
                                                                                1. "They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate"
                                                                                  1. R: "You're breaking the rules!" J: "Who cares?"
                                                                                    1. "bollocks to the rules!"
                                                                                  2. Paints Face
                                                                                    1. "liberated from shame and self-conciousness"
                                                                                      1. "face of white and red and black"
                                                                                      2. Animalistic
                                                                                        1. "bloodthirsty snarling"
                                                                                          1. "dog-like", "ape-like"
                                                                                            1. "hiss"
                                                                                              1. Serpent in Garden of Eden, evil
                                                                                              2. "flared nostrils assessing the current warm air for information"
                                                                                              3. Savage
                                                                                                1. "We want meat."
                                                                                                  1. obsession with hunting and killing
                                                                                                    1. "I thought I might kill"
                                                                                                      1. expression of "madness" when talking of desire to kill
                                                                                                        1. "compulsion to track down and kill"
                                                                                                        2. "he hurled his spear at Ralph"
                                                                                                          1. no inhibition about killing human rather than pig
                                                                                                            1. hunger for complete power revealed
                                                                                                          2. Becomes Chief
                                                                                                            1. "The Chief has spoken"
                                                                                                              1. "Power chattered in his ear like an ape"
                                                                                                                1. "painted and garlanded like an idol"
                                                                                                                  1. "I'm not going to play any longer, not with you"
                                                                                                                    1. "authority sat on his shoulder"
                                                                                                                      1. "We don't need the conch anymore, we know who ought to say things"
                                                                                                                      2. Symbolizes human love of dominance and power
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