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A bigun who plays the role of the pig in one of the tribal dances that re-enact a hunt. He is hurt when the dance turns into a fierce beating.
The King of Thebes. His fate is to kill his father, and marry his mother
Mr. Brown
The first, kind missionary to come to Umuofia.
A bigun who becomes one of Jack's key supporters, accompanying him on the raids on Ralph's camp.
Okonkwo's father
Okonkwo's daughter who he is close to
Subject of the group's ridicule for his weight and asthma. He provides the brains of the group, as well as the spectacles necessary to start the fire. Loyal to Ralph, but his death leaves Ralph alone.
The brother Antigone is forbidden to bury
The blind prophet who warns Oedipus of his fate
The visionary of the group. Given to fainting spells and spending time alone in the jungle, he is considered odd by the other boys. Only he understands the true nature of the beast they fear, and only he has the courage to investigate the eerie creature sighted on the mountain. Before he can reveal what he has learned, he is killed in a tribal ritual gone too far.
Antigone's sister
Okonkwo's son who later converts to Christianity and is disowned by Okonkwo
Oldest daughter (and sister) of Oedipus, a princess of Thebes, and the niece of Creon. She wishes to bury her brother dispite the law forbidding it
One of the smaller littluns who has a mean streak nonetheless.
The elected leader of the boys and the main protagonist. He is neither the smartest nor the strongest. He tries to keep the boys focused on the rules but loses his authority and almost his life to Jack's seizure of power.
The priestess
The littlest boys, around ages six and up. They remain with Ralph during the mutiny.
A sly, secretive boy who displays, early on, a cruelty toward the weak and vulnerable. Once joining Jack's tribe, he becomes the hangman, causing Piggy's death, torturing Samneric (Sam and Eric) until they join the tribe, and preparing a stick on which to mount Ralph's head.
The biggest of the littluns. He is made the object of a mean-spirited prank by Roger.
Sam and Eric
The twin boys who are in charge of keeping the signal fire going. Until they are captured by the tribe, they remain loyal to Ralph. They speak as one, often finishing each other's sentences, so that the other boys pronounce their two names as one word.
Jack Merridew
The leader of the choir/hunters. Already militant as a choir leader, He leads his group of choirboys-turned-hunters in mutiny against Ralph's leadership by playing on the boys' baser instincts. He favors hunting and its savage reward of meat over the civilized domesticity and hope for rescue that Ralph tries to maintain.
Queen of Thebes and Oedipus
Jocasta's brother and later the King of Thebes.
The main character in Things Fall Apart
Oedipus' father and former king of Thebes
Ezmina's mother, Okonkwo's 2nd wife
Antigone's brother that died in battle and recieved a hero's burial
Okonkwo's friend in the village

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