History Literature / LordOfTheFlies

24th Nov '15 7:48:41 AM ange1eye5
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Way, ''way'' down on the cynical end of the scale. It's big on the KidsAreCruel[=/=]TeensAreMonsters and nothing the "good" characters do yields good results. Just ask Simon and Piggy... oh wait.
25th Oct '15 3:37:55 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ActingYourIntellectualAge: Piggy all the way.
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* AnimalMotifs: A sow's head [[XOnAStick on a pike]], slowly decaying, serves as the metaphor for the decay of children's morals, thus making them closer to hoglike greed.
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* AnimalMotifs: AnimalMotifs: ** A sow's head [[XOnAStick on a pike]], slowly decaying, serves as the metaphor for the decay of children's morals, thus making them closer to hoglike greed.

* AnyoneCanDie: And it's far from pretty.
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* %%* AnyoneCanDie: And it's far from pretty.

** It's easy to assume Piggy is farsighted until, at the beginning of chapter eleven, it says: "Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia." The concave lenses needed to fix myopia are incapable of focusing light to a point, thus incapable of starting a fire. Whether Golding was unaware of that distinction or had myopia and hyperopia confused, the net result is a clear-cut case of poor research.

* BittersweetEnding: The [[spoiler:[[DeusExMachina timely arrival of the British Navy]]]] is considered the only thing standing in between this ending and a DownerEnding. The ending is still far too dark when [[spoiler:Ralph]] realized the evil inside him and he wept. -->[[spoiler:"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."]] ** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given]]. * BlackAndGrayMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints. ** The only character who is really above this is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Simon]]. His foil, Roger, is established as someone who's pretty far on the black side. * BlindWithoutEm: Piggy. * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ralph is described as being 'fair-haired', Piggy and Simon are dark-haired, and Jack is a redhead.
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* BittersweetEnding: The [[spoiler:[[DeusExMachina timely arrival of A DeusExMachina prevents a DownerEnding, but the British Navy]]]] is considered the only thing standing in between this ending and a DownerEnding. The ending is still far too dark when [[spoiler:Ralph]] realized the evil inside him and he wept. -->[[spoiler:"Ralph psychological scars remain. -->Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."]] ** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given]]. Piggy. * BlackAndGrayMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints. ** saints. The only character who is really above this is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Simon]]. His foil, Roger, is established as someone who's pretty far on the black side. * BlindWithoutEm: Piggy. * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ralph is described as being 'fair-haired', Piggy and Simon are dark-haired, and Jack is a redhead.side.

* BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]
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* %%* BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]

* ButtMonkey: Piggy, oh so much. He is the one person who can unite everyone else...because they all enjoy laughing at him and feel connected by excluding Piggy. Even Ralph.

** Jack with 'kill the pig! cut her throat! spill her blood!' and he passes it to the other boys too. ** Jack again with 'we need meat' and 'I'm a hunter'. ** Ralph always talking about the fire as for example 'we need to keep the fire going', 'alright, as long as you won't forget about the fire', 'they let the fire out'. * ChildrenAreInnocent: ''So'' freaking averted.

* CrapsackWorld: ''Very'' much so.
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* CrapsackWorld: ''Very'' ComingOfAgeStory: Ralph is very happy about the absence of adults on the island, but quickly realizes how much so.responsibility he must take as the chief.

* DesertedIsland * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Ralph is rescued by the Royal Navy at the last minute, effectively out of the blue. This was intentional, as the Naval Officer is important in rounding off the themes of the story, and the sudden abruptness with which he appears (with absolutely no foreshadowing) is crucial to highlighting the rapidity with which the appearance of an authority can change everything.]] ** Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus"; --->''[[spoiler:Eventually, the kids were rescued, by... [[AssPull oh, let's say... Moe]].]]'' ** See also the WordOfGod in InferredHolocaust
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* DesertedIsland DesertedIsland: The stranded boys are the only humans on the island where the story is set. * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Ralph is rescued by the Royal Navy at the last minute, minute]], effectively out of the blue. This was intentional, as the Naval Officer is important in rounding off the themes of the story, story; and the sudden abruptness with which he appears (with appears, with absolutely no foreshadowing) foreshadowing, is crucial to highlighting the rapidity with which the appearance of an authority can change everything.]] ** Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus"; --->''[[spoiler:Eventually, the kids were rescued, by... [[AssPull oh, let's say... Moe]].]]'' ** See also the WordOfGod in InferredHolocaust

* DoubleEntendre: The scene where the screaming sow is killed with sharpened sticks is written as a gang-rape...
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* DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre: ** The scene where the screaming sow is killed with sharpened sticks is written as a gang-rape...gang-rape.

* DyingForSymbolism: The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island]]. ** [[spoiler: Piggy's death, after making a moral stand for order and unity, marks the complete collapse of civilization. Sam and Eric are captured, and Ralph is left helpless and alone.]]
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* DyingForSymbolism: The Two incidents mark milestones in the makeshift society gradually goes society's descent into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it barbarism ** [[spoiler:Simon]]'s death represents the death end of the innocence of the kids on the island]]. island. ** [[spoiler: Piggy's Piggy]]'s death, after making he makes a moral stand for order and unity, marks the complete collapse of civilization. Sam and Eric are captured, and Ralph is left helpless and alone.]]

* EnemyWithin: "Maybe there is no monster on the island. Maybe... it's just us..." [[spoiler: The Lord of the Flies outright states this to Simon in a vision.]] --> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Flies''': ''You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why itís no go? Why things are what they are?'']] * EnfantTerrible: Jack and Roger. * EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him]]. ** Although he recovers quickly and threatens Ralph with the same fate, cementing his status as the main antagonist. * EvilRedhead: Jack.
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* EnemyWithin: "Maybe there is no monster on the island. Maybe... it's just us..." [[spoiler: The Lord of the Flies outright states this to Simon in a vision.]] vision. --> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Flies''': ''You You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why itís no go? Why things are what they are?'']] * EnfantTerrible: Jack and Roger. * EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him]]. ** Although he recovers quickly and threatens Ralph with the same fate, cementing his status as the main antagonist. * EvilRedhead: Jack.are?

* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Jack, in the two films, is this.

* FieryRedhead: Jack.
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* FieryRedhead: Jack.

* FieryRedhead: Jack.

* FieryRedhead: Jack.GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic.

** GenreBlindness: Too bad this book is ''[[DarkerAndEdgier not,]]'' [[DarkerAndEdgier in fact, "like The Coral Island."]] * GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic. * GoodIsImpotent: A major theme of the book. Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.
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** GenreBlindness: Too bad this book is ''[[DarkerAndEdgier not,]]'' [[DarkerAndEdgier in fact, "like The Coral Island."]] * GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic. * GoodIsImpotent: A major theme of the book. book. ** Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.

* [[HalfHeartedHenchman Half-Hearted Henchmen]]: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]
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* [[HalfHeartedHenchman Half-Hearted Henchmen]]: HalfHeartedHenchman: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]

* HumansAreBastards / HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The book is the epitome of this trope. Which of these it qualifies for depends on how you read the Beast, although the book strongly implies [[spoiler:it is a product of the boys' own nature]]. ** As WordOfGod put it: ---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way]]. [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?]]"]]''
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* HumansAreBastards / HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The book Beast is the epitome of this trope. Which of these it qualifies for depends on how you read the Beast, although the book strongly implies [[spoiler:it is implied to be a product of the boys' own nature]]. ** As WordOfGod put it: ---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way]]. [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?]]"]]''natures.

* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Jack has the entire island on fire to kill Ralph - the massive amounts of smoke actually summon a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy had been awaiting the whole book long.]]
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Jack has the entire island on fire to kill Ralph - Ralph, but the massive amounts amount of smoke actually summon [[spoiler: attracts a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy had have been awaiting the whole book long.]]

* NonActionGuy: Piggy has asthma, and Simon suffers fainting spells, so both qualify.

* OnlySaneMan: Piggy and Simon. Possibly Ralph as well.

* PrimalFear / ParanoiaFuel / YourMindMakesItReal : What gradually leads the boys into becoming superstitious and violent savages.
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* PrimalFear / ParanoiaFuel / YourMindMakesItReal : PrimalFear: What gradually leads the boys into becoming superstitious and violent savages.

* SpellMyNameWithAThe: [[BeamMeUpScotty Averted.]] It's 'Lord of the Flies,' not 'The Lord Of The Flies.'

* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Simon.]]
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Simon.]]Simon is a Jesus figure, and meets a similar fate.
10th Sep '15 8:05:06 AM Gecko3
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* AHouseDivided: The boys quickly devolve into two groups, a small one led by Ralph, and a much bigger one led by Jack.
2nd Sep '15 10:00:26 PM WooftheWolfie
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The spoiler tag was too short, so it was easy to deduce who the person you were talking about was.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Simon.]]
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Simon.]]
13th Aug '15 8:51:47 PM Angeldeb82
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The best-known example (and possibly the TropeMaker) of a TeenageWasteland, even when all the kids are under the age of fifteen.
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The best-known example (and possibly the TropeMaker) {{Trope Maker|s}}) of a TeenageWasteland, even when all the kids are under the age of fifteen.

** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given.]] * BlackAndGreyMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints.
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** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given.]] given]]. * BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints.

* BreakingSpeech: [[spoiler: Given by the Lord of the Flies to Simon about human nature and law of the jungle and stuff.]]
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* BreakingSpeech: BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: Given Done by the Lord of the Flies to Simon about human nature and law of the jungle and stuff.]]

* DeconstructiveParody: It was actually written as a parody, though the specific form of [[KidsWildernessEpic Kids Wilderness]] {{Robinsonade}} that it was attacking is something of a ForgottenTrope. It is also considered a rather brutal skewering of the pip-pip-cheerio book ''Coral Island''.
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* DeconstructiveParody: It was actually written as a parody, though the specific form of [[KidsWildernessEpic Kids Wilderness]] {{Kids Wilderness|Epic}} {{Robinsonade}} that it was attacking is something of a ForgottenTrope. It is also considered a rather brutal skewering of the pip-pip-cheerio book ''Coral Island''.

** Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus";
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** Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus";

* DyingForSymbolism: The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island.]]
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* DyingForSymbolism: The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island.]]island]].

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him.]]
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him.]]him]].

* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: As the months pass, all the boys' hair becomes long and shaggy (except for the wise Piggy's), and, especially for our hero, Ralph, [[RuleOfSymbolism starts obscuring their vision.]]
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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: As the months pass, all the boys' hair becomes long and shaggy (except for the wise Piggy's), and, especially for our hero, Ralph, [[RuleOfSymbolism starts obscuring their vision.]]vision]].

---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way.]] [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?"]]]]''
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---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way.]] way]]. [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?"]]]]''cruiser?]]"]]''

* MessianicArchetype: Subverted and deconstructed. [[spoiler:The description of Simon's death sounds very much alike a atonement sacrifice, but his death rather than save the boys for their sins, or just show them that how they act is wrong, [[SenselessSacrifice instead it just push them deeper into moral guilt]] as they proceed to completely forget about him]] cementing the lost and oblivion of innoccence.
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* MessianicArchetype: Subverted and deconstructed. [[spoiler:The description of Simon's death sounds very much alike a an atonement sacrifice, but his death rather than save the boys for their sins, or just show them that how they act is wrong, [[SenselessSacrifice instead it just push pushes them deeper into moral guilt]] as they proceed to completely forget about him]] him,]] cementing the lost and oblivion of innoccence.innocence.

* {{Survival Mantra}}: Poor Percival, one of the littluns' having been driven to a depression and loneliness from the neglect by the older boys tirelessly recites his name and address--''"Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony"--''like an incantation", only for his memory to begin to falter as the story and degradation of the island's civilization progresses. By the end, when Percival is finally able to recite this crucial information to someone that can actually help him, he can only mouth wordlessly at the naval officer, his time on the island causing him to have forgotten it.
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* {{Survival Mantra}}: SurvivalMantra: Poor Percival, one of the littluns' having been driven to a depression and loneliness from the neglect by the older boys tirelessly recites his name and address--''"Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony"--''like an incantation", only for his memory to begin to falter as the story and degradation of the island's civilization progresses. By the end, when Percival is finally able to recite this crucial information to someone that can actually help him, he can only mouth wordlessly at the naval officer, his time on the island causing him to have forgotten it.

* TeenageWasteland: The children have to figure out how to govern themselves on the island. It doesn't go well. Possibly the TropeMaker.
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* TeenageWasteland: The children have to figure out how to govern themselves on the island. It doesn't go well. Possibly the TropeMaker.{{Trope Maker|s}}.

And whatever you do, we ''[[SurvivalMantra mustn't let the fire go out.]]'' Because... because...oh God, I can't remember.
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And whatever you do, we ''[[SurvivalMantra mustn't let the fire go out.]]'' out]].'' Because... because...oh God, I can't remember.
6th Aug '15 10:34:37 PM mirisu92
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the many theories about what the beast really is. At first it's bad enough that there might be a beast on the island, and the boys argue over the beast's possible form. Until: -->'''Ralph''': [Maurice] says the beast comes out of the sea.
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the many theories about what the beast really is. At first it's bad enough that there might be a beast on the island, and the boys argue over the beast's possible form. Until: Until little Percival drops this bombshell: -->'''Ralph''': [Maurice] He says the beast comes out of the sea.
6th Aug '15 10:29:04 PM mirisu92
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the many theories about what the beast really is. At first it's bad enough that there might be a beast on the island, and the boys argue over the beast's possible form. But then someone throws in a completely unexpected option:
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the many theories about what the beast really is. At first it's bad enough that there might be a beast on the island, and the boys argue over the beast's possible form. But then someone throws in a completely unexpected option:Until:
6th Aug '15 10:26:39 PM mirisu92
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the many theories about what the beast really is. At first it's bad enough that there might be a beast on the island, and the boys argue over the beast's possible form. But then someone throws in a completely unexpected option: -->'''Ralph''': [Maurice] says the beast comes out of the sea.
12th Jun '15 9:33:33 PM McJeff
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* AmbiguouslyBi: Even though it's a 50's classical book with twelve years old children that descend into savagery, Golding seems to have sneaked some implications of this nature in the book, especially when it comes to Ralph. Ralph mentions at one point that he didn't want to read a book with girls as main characters once, which implies that he either doesn't stand girls because he is the regular little boy with the 'girls have cooties' conception, or he literally ''doesn't stand girls in any sort of way''. Ralph also has some ambiguous inclination towards observing and analyzing the physical traits of the other boys, as for example when he remarks that Simon's eyes are too beautiful and 'wicked' or when he looks at Jack's physique, after Jack undresses, and Ralph almost too obviously stares at his 'grey shorts that glistened with sweat' and actually smiles when Jack tries to impress him. Of course, the story is presented from Ralph's perspective and we only see the nature of his thoughts, but it's implied in certain actions of other boys like Jack and Simon that they have these inclinations too.
23rd May '15 1:45:24 PM coraline94
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the novel, Ralph has light hair and Jack has dark hair. This is reversed in the 1990 film.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the novel, Ralph has light hair and Jack has dark red hair. This is reversed in the 1990 film.The movies have Jack as a blond, Ralph as a brunette.
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