Lord of the Flies

In the opening paragraph, how the 3 main characters are introduced, their physical characteristics, personality, relationships.

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The boy with fair hair.....

The fair boy stopped and jerked his stockings with an automatic gesture that made the jungle seem for a moment like the Home Counties.

.....he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy.

“I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He’s a commander

in the Navy. When he gets leave he’ll come and rescue us. What’s your father?”


The naked crooks of his knees were plump, caught and scratched by thorns.

He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat.

.......looked up through thick spectacles.

“My auntie told me not to run,” he explained, “on account of my


I’ve been wearing specs since I was three.

“My dad’s dead,”


The boy who controlled them was dressed in the same way though his cap badge was golden.

Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger.

The tall boy shouted at them. “Choir! Stand still!”

Piggy asked no names. He was intimidated by this uniformed

superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew’s voice.

“Kids’ names,” said Merridew. “Why should I be Jack? I’m Merridew.”

“I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.”

the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification


The Lord of the Flies/ Chapter 1