The main characters in the story "Lord of The Flies" are Jack, Ralph and Piggy. They all have different personality and leadership abilities. Jack began as a boss and self-righteous leader of a choir. The freedom of the island allowed him to further develop his personality as the Chief of a savage tribe. Ralph is a great leader, he is smart, has a very good common sense and he is willing to listen to Piggy. He became dependent on Piggy's wisdom and became lost in the confusion around him. Piggy is weak, smart and friendly. He is put down by the other boys.
Jack `s desire to be Chief was clearly evident in his first appearance when the idea of having a Chief was mentioned Jack spoke out immediately. "Ought to be .
chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy." (Pg. 18) He is impolite to piggy "shut up, Fatty." (pg. 23) Lack of courage prevented him from killing the first pig they encountered. "They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood." (pg. 34) Without adults as a supervisor, Jack began to lose his fear of being punished for improper actions and behaviors. Through hunting, Jack lost his fear of killing living animals. He reached a point where he actually enjoyed the sensation of hunting a prey afraid of his spear and knife. His natural desire for violence was brought out by his hunting of pigs. As Ralph became lost in his own confusion, Jack began to assert himself as chief. The boys realizing that Jack was a stronger and more self-assured leader gave in easily to the freedom of Jack's savagery. Placed in a position of power and with his followers sharing his violence, Jack gained encouragement to commit the acts of murder.
Ralph was introduced as a fair and likeable boy. His relationship with Piggy demonstrated his pleasant nature as he did not call him names with hateful as Jack had.