By using a large amount of dialogue, Golding has created characteristics about the boys by the way they speak. Piggy uses slang showing that he comes from a low income family background, whereas Ralph speaks in a more proper English way showing that he comes from a higher income family background. The tone and language within the dialogue between characters in ‘Lord of the flies’ also is shown to reflect the personality of the characters. For example, the conflict between Jack and Ralph is shown through the way that they speak to each other.
The in depth description of the characters make the story convincing as the characters are believable and true. In ‘Lord of the flies’, the four main characters support this. Ralph is the leader and has been since the conch was first bought in as a symbol of power, order and civilization. "I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking and he won't be interrupted." He is the protagonist of the novel and can tell right from wrong. The purpose of his presence in this novel is to show through his eyes the distinctive evil that lies within mankind. Jack is a selfish choir boy who only cares for his own power and life. He is the antagonist of the story and represents a bestial nature of humans. At the beginning of the novel, he fails to kill a pig as he is still attached to society and that keeps him sane for a while. But at the end of the novel, all of the savagery has come out and he feels no guilt in killing not only pigs but Simon, Piggy and attempting to kill Ralph. Piggy is a necessary source of intelligence that Ralph relies on. Although his ideas and insights are often neglected as his appearance makes him a victim