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The characters in Goldings Lord of the Flies are a group of schoolboys stamped through with Britishness like seaside rock educated by public schools in a system designed to overwhelm an empire and uses the slang and jargon common to their time Since Golding is describing a community of children with adult readers in mind the credibility of the characters is a prerequisite In addition they have to be made convincing in an imaginary situation and this is Goldings particular achievement-Golding has apparently chosen a conventional technique of isolating people in an island This has enabled him to examine how human beings behave away from the influences of civilization and choosing only children as characters Golding further complicates his tusk since the children are as adults are The novel presents four boys as major characters-Ralph Jack Piggy and Simon At the beginning of our acquaintance with each of the characters we are given certain hints about them and then with the development of the novel the boys become a representative of types Regressive instinct devours the civilized codes in all of them - civilization denotes their authoritative morality within But in each the interplay of withering codes and conflict manifests with respect to their psychic potential Ralph represents the common sense of the individual Piggy the sense of reasoning Jack the forceful rush of instinctive domination and Simon a silent truth-seeker In their growing psyche these elements are shown in perfect limitation as they aught to be It would be better to view the facets of the novel from Simons perspective Simons quest places the extreme ranges of mind of the other characters in a woven perspective In fact whether it is child psychology or uninhibition or regressive instinct that makes the fable-structure a complete novel of times could also be focussed The character of Simon is presented in three phases in the novel initially Simons attitude and nature then with the complication of
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