Characterization (3D) – “Sam’n’Eric”


Sam’n’Eric are a pair of identical twins within the novel. They act and look almost exactly the same. They both have coarse, fiber-like hair and heads that are small and round. They are likely dressed in torn and dirtied school uniforms since they are schoolboys. Their hair has also likely grown out overtime, for they have spent a long time on the island. They are a couple of the older kids (biguns not littluns), but they are easily led by Jack and Ralph. Even though they are two separate people they are treated as if they were one; they act, think and talk the same way and are always together. They have such a strong sense of unity that even when using the conch, only one of them has to hold it for both of them to speak. They rarely act independently, when they are asked to they get lost or don’t do their job properly.


  1. “The two boys, bullet-headed and with hair like tow, flung themselves down and lay grinning and panting at Ralph like dogs” (Golding 14). >Describes their appearance by talking about their hair and heads
  2.  “They breathed together, they grinned together, they were chunky and vital” (Golding 15). >They were very close and were kind of chubby
  3.  “They raised wet lips at Ralph, for they seemed provided with not quite enough skin, so that their profiles were blurred and their mouths pulled open” (Golding 15). >Describes their skin and mouths. Their mouths are usually open.
  4. “In theory one should have been asleep and one on watch. But they could never manage to do things sensibly if that meant acting independently” (Golding 104). >They are always together so they can’t really act independently.
  5. “The twins shared their identical laughter, then remembered the darkness and other things glanced round uneasily” (Golding 105). >This quote shows their sameness, they are identical twins.
  6.  “They became motionless, gripped in each other’s arms, four unwinding eyes and two mouths open” (Golding 106). >This quote shows how they are the same not just in appearance but in personality. They react the exact same way.
  7.  “By custom now one conch did for both twins, for their substantial unity was recognized” (Golding 108). >Even though they are two separate people they are treated  like one person because they are so unified.
  8.  “The twins nodded like one boy” (Golding 126). >Like mentioned previously they are so unified it’s like they are one person even though they aren’t.
  9. “Some were naked and carrying their clothes: others half-naked, or more or less dressed in school uniforms; grey, blue, fawn, jacketed or jerseyed. There were badges, mottos even stripes of color in stockings and pullovers” (Golding 14). >This quote describes how they all dressed, school uniforms or half naked.
  10. “‘Eric!’ cried Ralph in a shocked voice. ‘Don’t talk like that!’ Sam knelt by Eric” (Golding 180). >The twins are always together/support each other no matter what. They are practically the same person.

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