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In his first novel William Golding used a group of boys stranded on a tropical island to illustrate the malicious nature of mankind Lord of the Flies dealt with changes that the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the isolated freedom from society Three main characters depicted different effects on certain individuals under those circumstances Jack Merridew began as the arrogant and self-righteous leader of a choir The freedom of the island allowed him to further develop the darker side of his personality as the Chief of a savage tribe Ralph started as a self-assured boy whose confidence in himself came from the acceptance of his peers He had a fair nature as he was willing to listen to Piggy He became increasingly dependent on Piggys wisdom and became lost in the confusion around him Towards the end of the story his rejection from their society of savage boys forced him to fend for himself Piggy was an educated boy who had grown up as an outcast Due to his academic childhood he was more mature than the others and retained his civilized behaviour But his experiences on the island gave him a more realistic understanding of the cruelty possessed by some people The ordeals of the three boys on the island made them more aware of the evil inside themselves and in some cases made the false politeness that had clothed them dissipate However the changes experienced by one boy differed from those endured by another This is attributable to the physical and mental dissimilarities between themJack was first described with an ugly sense of cruelty that made him naturally unlikeable As leader of the choir and one of the tallest boys on the island Jacks physical height and authority matched his arrogant personality His desire to be Chief was clearly evident in his first appearance When the idea of having a Chief was mentioned Jack spoke out immediately I ought to be
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