Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

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4. Characters! (The Game Show)

Lord of the Flies

William Golding, 1954
Famous for: The Beast, a talking pig’s head on a stake, a horrific descent into chaos and savagery.

Make you own videos about Lord of the Flies 60second Recap®Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Step right up! You’re the next contestants on Lord of the Flies: The Game Show!

In today’s episode, Jenny quizzes you on William Golding’s cast of super-symbolic characters. Stick around for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Hundreds of characters, four you need to know. I’ll bet you can guess what these characters are supposed to represent, just from a basic description. What pig product am I willing to bet, Jenny?

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Wow. OK, let’s play. First off, we have RALPH. When Ralph arrives on the island with the others, he manages to become their leader. Not through force, but through an election.

What does Ralph represent?

Civilization? Yes! You got it!

Next, we have Jack. The hunter. At first, he just says he wants to kill a pig. Then his bloodlust gets the better of him. What does Jack represent?

Savagery! Two in a row!

Now, Piggy. He wears glasses. He shows Ralph how to use a conch shell to call for other survivors. He meets a horrific death at the base of a cliff.

Reason! That’s right! 

Last one, for the prize. Simon is the character who represents…

Simon Says?

Oh, no. Jenny, what do we have as a consolation prize?

Recap 5, Jenny: It’s all about Simon.

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