Roger in Lord of the Flies


Roger is black-haired with a fringe that covers his forehead and makes him look sinister. He has an extremely cruel and sadistic streak in his nature which attracts him to Jack’s way of doing things.

Roger is an uncommunicative, moody and secretive loner, preferring to use power as a weapon of evil. Although all the boys are involved in Simon’s death, it is Roger alone who murders Piggy.

How is Roger like this?EvidenceAnalysis
WatchfulRoger is often to be found watching events or listening to the discussions in the assembly silently and without comment. It is as though he is biding his time and waiting to strike. Roger remained, watching the littluns. He was not noticeably darker than when he had dropped in, but the shock of black hair, down his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face...Roger's silent watchfulness is eerie and disturbing. He has just kicked over the littluns' sandcastles and now makes them even more scared by simply staring at them. His physical appearance adds to the sense of him being dangerous.
MenacingRoger wants power so that he can hurt others. Early in the novel he throws stones at Henry and he is a natural part of the hunting group. By the end of the novel he has committed murder and become Jack's henchman.Roger edged past the chief, only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder. The yelling ceased, and Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror. Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority.Although Golding does not spell it out, it is clear that Roger is about to do something extremely vicious to Sam and Eric who have been captured and tied up and are now looking at their torturer in silent horror.
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