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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Is there good in everyone?
Ralph, by nature, is an innocent, mild- tempered boy who accepts leadership when it is thrust on him. He serves as a democratic leader who tries to keep the boys together on the island and uses a conch shell to mildly show his authority. He thinks of building shelters to protect them and a signal fire for their rescue. He befriends Piggy, the fat boy that receives taunts and teases from the other boys, and learns to rely on Piggy's intellectual reasoning.
Simon is the quiet, shy boy in the group. Being a visionary, he often goes into the forest by himself to contemplate nature and life. He is the only one who helps Ralph build the huts and is also genuinely concerned for the well-being of the "littleuns".
Piggy is the fat boy who is the brunt of all the jokes and teasing in the novel. He is physically weak and constantly complains about his asthma. He is also myopic and almost blind without his glasses. But, Piggy is also rational and has an understanding about life. He constantly warns the boys about their behavior and foolish ways and becomes Ralph's true friend while serving as a sounding board and advisor to him.
All three seem to be "good" boys; however, is there a difference in their goodness? *40 words minimum.