His look, behavior, and beliefs resemble those of an adult, reflecting a more mature attitude and greater wisdom than the others. He sees the importance of building shelters and moving the fire to the beach. His glasses are the tool to build the fire. Piggy frequently asks "what grownups would do" when confronted with situations that the children don't know how to handle. Piggy is by far the most logical ,intellectual, and adaptable of the older boys and the best for the task; however , he lacks a commanding presence which is the foremost trait that is necessary in leaders.
His plan is to create a signal fire so someone can discover them on the island and they will finally be rescued. Ralph was voted chief at the beginning and since then, Jack envies him. Ralph was not looking for a war between his peers, he was only looking to work together and to be rescued. He creates simple rules for all the boys to follow and they buy in to them for some time. Ralph wanted everyone to cooperate and work together so not only he could get rescued but everyone else as well.
Throughout the chapters the value of the “beast” starts going up while the conch shell starts becoming history. Ralph also instills fear as did Jack by saying that if they don’t build the fire, then they may be stuck on the island forever. He is also trying to make the island sound desirable by saying that everyone can speak when holding the conch. Ralph tries to make the system fair for everyone so that each individual has a chance to speak. He is trying to do what’s best for all of the boys, sort of representing an adult figure he knows it is hard, but thinks if they try and do their best to survive the easier it would be for them to signal for help and leave the
Also, some objects that he symbolized started to change the meaning because savagery starts taking over the island and the boys start to think and act differently. Some of the symbols used that support the theme are the conch, the painted face mask, and piggy’s glasses. Once again the symbols point out savagery takes over. There were rules on the island so that there are rights and wrongs but there was no punishment for the wrongs. This made some boys disobey the rules and the inner savagery rises and eats up their
Piggy is one of the most loveable and underappreciated characters in the book. In The Lord Of The Flies if the children would have listened to Piggy's intelligent ideas, their experience on the island would be quicker and safer. His character symbolizes the best traits of humanity, however, his personal insecurity makes it hard for the other boys to follow him as a leader. Piggy portrays an adult like figure because of his rational thinking and mature behavior. Because of his physical appearance and tendency to be shy, he is unable to convince the boys that he can be trusted.
They both try to appeal to their leaders (Roger to Jack, Simon to Ralph), although it seems that Roger only intended to rise to the top and Simon simply wanted to be a friend. Both of the boys have their own “place” where they can fit in or be themselves. Lastly, throughout the book, they had a tendency to be vaguely mysterious. Simon puts on this air by sneaking off to his hideaway and being the only one to talk to the Lord of the Flies. He heard creepy things like “I’m warning you.
Initially, the boys were assigned to tasks that help the group’s well-being such as shelter building, gathering water, or in Jack’s case, maintaining the fire. He soon abandons his duty and goes off to have fun through hunting, causing the fire to go out and prolonging their stay on the island. This situation shows the initial benefit an individual can gain from selfishness, but at the cost of society’s advancement. Although he didn’t get any meat from this trip, he still got to enjoy the “brilliant world of hunting, tactics, [and] fierce exhilaration”(), while the other boys did boring yet important tasks. Through his denial of his critical responsibility, he creates a class distinction within the boys’ society where he is the “one percent” that is able to pursue wealth and prosperity, while being supported by the “working poor” (the other boys).
This could come down to if he learns from his mistakes and also becomes more insightful. Some would say no; he doesn’t completely recover his sanity and emerge as a better king. However his values do change over the course of the play. As he realises his weaknesses and insignificance in comparison to some of natures forces, he becomes a humble and caring individual. Finally he puts Cordelia’s love above anything else to such a point that he would rather live in prison with her than rule as a king again.
Fear has the ability to manipulate people into believing there is danger when there is not, causing them to make rash decisions. These decisions can result in a disobedience to one’s cultural beliefs, as seen in Lord of the Flies and Beowulf. Even though the characters from Lord of the Flies and Beowulf come from cultures built around nobility and loyalty, fear tears them apart from the society they had worked hard to achieve. Although the boys from Lord of the Flies tried to keep their culture’s morals, the fear of the unknown caused the children to betray their Culture. At the beginning they were able to maintain their structured society; they had an election-- a civilized way of selecting their leader-- and they had the conch.
If viewed through the eyes of Golding, this is just the boys releasing their true nature after having society cage these emotions for so long. This type of behavior could be why people need some form of government that will keep them in check. However, the statement made doesn’t completely hold up in the book and in life. It isn’t completely accurate; it has its limit on how far it can be interpreted as not everyone is sadistic and evil. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding showed that the nature of mankind is calamitous and power hungry, but it has an extent.
As the protagonist in the story, Ralph’s character plays a monumental role in the themes and development of the book. Ralph creates a sort of balance between the civility of Piggy and the barbarity of Jack and the hunters. He is the leader of the boys and is closest to Piggy, the voice of reason among the boys. Even so, he still went hunting, enjoyed it, and his behavior resembles that of Jack and his hunters. They are the first ones to go and explore the island; they set an example of bravery and audacity to the other boys.
Control is an important recurrence in the novel, as it shows we find comfort in knowing we contain the ability to establish structure and manipulate things at our own will. Without control, we do not have a sense of stability and we become lost; we find ourselves controlling something merely for the structure that power gives us. The conch is the first form of power, as it unites all the boys during assemblies. Ralph is the first to blow the conch, and that is how all of the boys find each other. The comfort brought from the authority of being summoned, as small of an authority as it may seem, had great impact on the boys.
Like most high schools, Madera High has its issues with bullies and harassers. Schools try not to be involved unless the event happens on school grounds, but now, the bullying and harassing can be done easily through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Posting a rude comment on an individual 's social media is a lot easier than having courage and actually confronting someone although both instances are still causing problems currently. Now, with the large dominance and influence of social media it is not hard to witness your own peers being bothered online meaning most actions go unseen except for behind the screen. High Schools are having troubles keeping up with the bullying and harassing on and off school grounds, because even though something is said online, it can still have an effect on a student 's schooling.
This is a main reason Jack is hated among the boys and Ralph is a more effective leader because the boys actually listen. "His mouth was tight and pale. He put back his hair very slowly.....He forced his feet to move until they carried him out onto the neck of the land" (Golding, 130). The boys go looking for the beast exploring parts of the island they have never been too, trusting in Ralph’s command. "I 'm chief," said Ralph, "because you chose me.
While trapped on an island full of little boys, some characters have to step up and take point while others are mere confidants who are mistreated and abused. Just like the real world, many people are left out and rejected but they still hold a place in society. Piggy, a young boy on the island, is treated poorly from the very beginning but yet he is known as the scientific, rational side of the civilization portrayed in Lord of the Flies. He quickly becomes Ralph’s confidant but serves a greater purpose in the book by giving rational insight and bright ideas on survival and also someone to pick on to increase insecurities and self power. Piggy served as Ralph’s lieutenant from the beginning to the end.