Lord of the Flies Roger Character Study

Roger is one of the villains in the novel, Lord of the Flies, and the choices that he makes have major influence on the unfolding of the story. He is introduced as a slightly constructed boy who is shy, deceptive and keeps to himself. Instead of let Jack automatically become the leader, Roger recommends that they have a vote.

This demonstrates how at the start he was a civilized person who knew what appertained and simply to do, rather than just enabling the loudest voice to get their way. Roger is shown to be a bully as he continuously teases the littluns by damaging their sandcastles, throwing sand in their eyes and throwing rocks at them.

By Rogers own nature he really wanted to strike the boys with the stones however was kept back by society’s conditioning of his behavior and as an outcome missed every time. In the hunt his true vicious nature is more evidenced by his excessive violence towards the pig. This all shows that he had actually made a conscious choice to follow Jack instead of Ralph as this enabled him to foster his dark objectives even though he knew that this was ethically wrong. He selected to be involved in the craze that result in the ruthless murder of Simon and afterwards showed no remorse for his actions.

For that reason civilization was being eliminated as a hindering element and Roger ended up being progressively more primitive and savage in his behaviour. When Roger hears of Jack’s intents to beat Wilfred he rushes back to the tribe so that he can abuse him himself, revealing the more lost of any control society as soon as had on him. When he was looking down at Piggy from his viewpoint at Castle Rock, his only ideas about Piggy were that he was a “bag of fat”, highlighting Rogers’s now plainly obvious total absence of compassion for others.

By this phase Roger is well and truly a savage with no more restraints of civilization and since of this he provided into his sadistic urges and pushed the stone off the cliff, killing Piggy. In dealing with recently captive Sam and Eric, Roger asserts authority through violence and requires them to join the people and tell him of Ralph’s location, expressing his neglect for traditional authority. The next day Roger sets out with Jack on the hunt for Ralph with the objective of killing him and impaling him so that he can offer him to the Monster.

At this point Roger exemplifies the total breakdown of the young boys’ behaviour from a civilized Christian background to a Pagan people. Nevertheless he is stopped entirely in his tracks when the marine officer appears and he is dragged back to reality. In a flash the sight of an agent of civilisation from a screaming savage and has revived all the memories of humanity. Rogers’s decisions show how his character gradually broke down under the breakdown of order. To me Roger is a despicable and remiss character who shows the worst aspects of humanity.

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