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Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Roger Timeline and Summary
Roger is introduced as “slight,” “furtive,” and with an “inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy.” Roger is the boy to suggest that they have a vote, rather than allow Jack to become chief automatically. Roger smashes the sandcastles of the three littluns: Henry, Percival, and Johnny. Roger follows Henry as he wanders off after the sandcastle incident and throws stones at him – missing intentionally. There is some very subtle suggestion that Roger harbors resentment for Jack. Roger finds some fresh and steaming pig poo; he excitedly points this out to the others. Roger climbs the mountain with Jack and Ralph to investigate the beast. All three run away. Shortly after Jack has announced that he’s having a feast, Piggy and Ralph realize that Roger, among many others, is missing. Roger is there with everyone else when Simon is brutally killed. After the pig kill, Jack tells Roger to sharpen a stick at both ends. Roger and Robert discuss Jack and how he is a “real chief.” Roger admires the catapult that’s been created by the log jammed under the rock. Roger learns from Robert that Jack is going to beat Wilfred. At Castle Rock, Roger climbs up to the highest point and leans on the log-lever. He sends the huge boulder tumbling down onto Piggy, who is knocked forty feet below to his gruesome death. In dealing with the newly captured Sam and Eric, we see a competitive element between Roger and Jack. The chapter ends with Roger advancing with new authority toward the helpless twins. We hear some ominous words from Sam and Eric, suggesting that Roger is raving mad, likes inflicting pain, and is even worse than Jack.