When the boys first gather on the island they appear a very varied group, yet by the end they all seem very similar. So, what happens to them to cause this transformation?
Let's look at the most important characters in more detail. If you've time, jot down the key points you've noticed about the characters featured here - then compare your notes with ours.
"You could see he might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness in the shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil."
"There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size and attractive appearance."Later on he feels the weight of being chief as a personal hell - but he doesn't give up.
"convulsion of the mind". In the discussions about the beast, he feels
"the understandable and lawful world... slipping away".
"You aren't playing the game".
"I'm chief. I'll go. Don't argue."It is Ralph who approaches the dead airman at the top of the mountain, with leaden steps, while Jack and Roger stay back.
"The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering". Later on, he becomes part of the 'dance' that kills Simon. Near the end, he breaks the pig's skull on the stick with a sick fear and rage.
"Cos I had some sense".