There are strong religious overtones in Golding's description of the area that Simon finds. After a few failed attempts, Ralph sounds the shell successfully. Simon was introduced in Chapter One but is not important until he interrupts Ralph's and Jack's argument. Ralph therefore comes to represent a democratic ethos. Chapter 8: Gift for the Darkness Jack calls a meeting, insults Ralph, and asks for Ralph to no longer be chief.
In Golding's first chapter, the main characters are introduced, we see many ominous signs of what's to come through the authors choice of language and the beginning of rivalries, issues and concerns are portrayed which are to continue throughout the rest of the book. A second boy soon joins the first. He learns it is a boy with the nickname Piggy. Jack is probably the last important character to be introduced. Ralph forms a search party to establish that they are, in fact, on an island. Jack talks out of turn and this sparks a verbal brawl between Jack and Ralph. Through their conversation, we learn that in the midst of a war, a transport plane carrying a group of English boys was shot down over the ocean.
Ralph's orientation is towards the group, while Jack is concerned with his own glory, which hinges again on militaristic values. Ralph cannily realizes this trait when he reminds Jack that the most important thing that the boys must do is to build a shelter. The author most likely added this to make another curve to the story. Jack and the hunters return with a pig. Piggy is immediately ostracized from the group and Ralph also decides that a bonfire on the mountain should be lit permanently on the mountain as a constant smoke signal. Jack, the newly appointed hunter, draws his knife and steps in to kill it, but hesitates, unable to bring himself to act.
Piggy is left behind to log names, which upsets him. Chapter One foreshadows these events by depicting the boys as alternately frightened, ignorant, and exhilarated in the face of their newfound freedom. The hunters track down a pig and kill it. Ralph, indignant at Jack's preoccupation with hunting, accuses him again of not contributing to the project of building shelters. Ralph opened his eyes and turned over, looking at Roger. This is introduced in the first chapter repeatedly. They march to the beach in two parallel lines, and Jack snaps at them to stand at attention.
Left to their own devices, they often behave with instinctive cruelty and violence. I'm the reason why it's no go? Chapter 11: Castle Rock and Chapter 12: Cry of the Hunters Chapter 11: Piggy declares his intention to confront Jack and demand his glasses back. Jack and his crew have taken up residence at the fort. Jack is mollified by this seemingly small gift of command. The two speculate as to whether or not the fire is strong enough to signal a passing ship, but Jack is distracted again by thoughts of killing a pig. The boulder that Roger rolls down the hill brutalizes piggy and also crushes the conch shell, signifying the loss civilization among almost all boys on the island. What is more, they represent opposing ideologies.
He has a particular interest in names, immediately asking Ralph for his and wishing that Ralph would reciprocate the question, as well as insisting that a list of names be taken when the boys assemble. The major burden that Ralph faces is that he must deal with young children unprepared to care for themselves or fulfill responsibility. They enjoy their jaunt into the wild, experiencing the thrill of adventure and the new friendship forming between them. Having frightened off the pigs without a kill, Jack abandons the hunt and returns to a clearing in the forest, where the boys are constructing crude shelters out of tree trunks and palm leaves. Simons death is the climax of the boys change for the worst, savagery.
Yet his logic holds no ground when confronted with the emotions running high in this primitive environment. Like Eden, the island paradise will collapse; the questions are how and why. It is no surprise that Piggy's nickname is such. . In Chapter One, Golding depicts the deserted island as a place where the abandoned boys have a choice between returning to a pre-civilized state of humanity and re-imposing social order upon the group. The trio find that the island is a fertile place. There are no rules, no boundaries to what they were allowed to do, no guidance, no civilization, no society.
However, when Ralph is voted chief, he knows that he needs to gather himself, and think about what they need to survive, and be rescued. As he explains, Ralph cannot simply give them orders and expect them to be completed, as Jack automatically assumes he can. Son of a powerful man, Ralph quickly takes the initiative and is the first of the boys to search for other survivors. On this uninhabited island, however, Piggy is the most vulnerable of all the boys, despite his greater mental capabilities. We may also note in Chapter Three the changes in the characters' appearances and in the language they use. Simon's experience in the jungle, which we read in detail, emphasizes his spiritual and peaceful character. For Jack, hunting is not an instinctive talent but a skill that he continues to develop as the story unfolds.
As we progress through the early pages, we learn more of Piggy's appearance through the conversation between Piggy and Ralph. All they have is a set of histories. The two boys are surprised to see that the sound has attracted other survivors from the crash, among them , two young identical twins, and abrupt, red-headed , who is accompanied by a party of boys wearing strange black cloaks and caps, marching in two organized lines. He further insists that the group stay assembled near the lagoon while three of the boys explore the territory to determine whether or not it is an island. Simon followed Jack and Ralph halfway up the beach toward the mountain, then turned into the forest with a sense of purpose.