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In the book The Lord of the Flies there are quite a few main characters However three are the most important overall Ralph the leader of the group who does not really know what to do most of the time seems to be the main character of the story based on the fact that it is through his perspective that we see everything Jack the natural leader takes over in the story and makes a tribe of his own Lastly Simon is possibly the most symbolic character in the novel Hes quiet shy and actually knows what is going on most of the time Jack is able to manipulate a group to get what he wants whereas Ralph is more one that gets manipulated and Simon stays immune to any manipulations Jack in the story makes the kids act as if his orders are what they want to do Because of this trait he is able to steal Ralphs authority A prime example of this is when Samneric join Jacks tribe and then betray Ralph even though they were his friend Because they are now part of Jacks tribe they want to be the savages that he makes them Sam and Eric are probably the most reluctant out of anybody but the fact is there just the same At the dance that killed Simon everyone is ready to follow Jacks example which is dancing around the fire Then when Simon appears Jack charges and so does everybody else Ralph in the story represents the manipulated He follows Piggys example and at times falls under Jacks influence Throughout the whole story until the very end Ralph is following someone elses advice or example When he goes hunting he craves Jacks attention Jacks approval Ralph gets caught up in the whole ideal of the hunters At the aforementioned dance Ralph too is under Jacks influence and participates in the bonfire dance and the murder of Simon This
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