Of all the characters featured in Lord of the Flies who relates to the book’s overall meaning and purpose the most? Piggy. William Golding purposely wrote this as an allegorical story, meaning almost everything -including characters- alludes to or symbolizes something else. I choose Piggy because he is the strongest example of this. Statements made by him, statements said about him, his appearance, his ideas, his death...all of these examples and more have a deeper meaning that just isn’t present within the other characters. These allusions are present throughout the entire story and build upon each-other.
Society isn’t perfect and it’s about to either hit you in the head or go over. “Lord of the Flies”, shows symbolism, a topic some people don’t understand. William Golding uses symbolism to create a universal message in his novel. Symbolism is the symbolic meaning attached to natural objects or facts. In this novel, William Golding uses symbolism to trace the defects of society back to the human nature by two major symbols, Piggy and the Conch.
Piggy is constantly harassed by the hunters, and mainly by Jack. Later in the book after Ralph was betrayed and the Hunters had the new tribe, Piggy is attacked his glasses were stolen and Piggy was killed by Rodger. They had only one lens in them after Jack breaks them in chapter four. If Ralph would not have made Jack a leader in any way, the tribe likely would not have formed, leading to Piggy still being alive. Piggy was affected in Lord Of The Flies by the three main rules of the society.
Author, William Golding, in his novel, "Lord of the Flies," follows a group of British boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island and try to govern themselves. One of the boys, Piggy, is constantly bullied and considered a nuisance by the power-hungry boys on the island. Golding's use of an isolated setting in the midst of the other boys illustrates Piggy's struggle to liberate himself from their oppression. However the need to survive reveals Piggy's inventiveness and rational mindset.
Nevertheless, Ralph and Piggy both meet many needs on the pyramid that help define them as people, however, Ralph tends to fulfill some that are higher on the pyramid. In the beginning of the book, Ralph and Piggy both start to make bold choices about being leaders and establishing roles. Although, Ralph ¨is chief” (Golding 24) which makes him reach higher than Piggy on the pyramid because he now has the support of the rest of the kids on the island. Ralph Two characters that meet varying levels of needs on Maslow’s pyramid throughout the book Lord of the Flies are Ralph and Piggy , resulting with Ralph reaching a little higher than
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.
Throughout the book Piggy was the one character that always strived for a good society so that everyone would remain good as a whole. As an example “Piggy was so full of delight and expanding liberty in Jack’s departure, so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society, that he helped to fetch wood” (Chapter 8, Page 129). Piggy still with a reasonable mind is still trying to convince others to do good also. He stated “Which is better--to have to be a pack of painted indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?” (Chapter 11, Page 180).
J.I. Packer, a Christian theologian, once stated, “Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.” In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a group of English boys are stranded on a tropical island during the time of war. They discover that the island is inhabited and attempt to create their own civilization while waiting for rescue. However, as time passes by, things begin to get out of control and the boy’s own inner savagery quickly consumes them. Throughout the book, Piggy, an intellectual boy with poor eyesight and asthma, is shown to be an insightful collaborator because he is perceptive, intelligent, and conscientious.
With Piggy and his conch gone, all order and sense are lost. He finds himself an outcast, alienated and isolated. In trying to come to terms with the outer world, he discovers the horrible inner self of man. Ralph weeps "for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart...
After a quick vote, Ralph was elected leader of the stranded boys, leaving Jack jealous and vengeful. Golding expresses in the novel how people can be made powerless and put in danger due to their self image. As a way to express this, Golding uses the character, Piggy, to give the audience a sense of what it feels like to have problems and conditions that create a separation between people. Piggy is a character with more of a sensible appeal to the problems that arise in this novel, but he is dramatically weakened after being caught time and time again envying Jack and Ralph. Piggy is described as a "fatly naked" (13) boy as he and Ralph are first scoping out and entering the pool, whereas when Piggy was exiting
Piggy is a boy who is picked on as soon as he gets on the island. His weight makes him an easy target, and his lack of contribution to the group frustrates many of the boys. For the most part, he was protected by Ralph, the leader of the island. However, he becomes a casualty when Jack takes control of the island. After taking over, Jack and Ralph fight while Piggy stands off to the side, blind as a bat due to Jack stealing his glasses.
William Golding’s fictional, British novel, Lord of the Flies, presents a character that serves a two-part function as a “scapegoat” and a certain commentary on life. During WWII, a group of British boys are being evacuated via plane when they crash and are stranded on an island without adults. As time progresses, the innate evilness of human nature begins to overcome the savage society of young boys while Piggy, an individual representation of brains without brawn, becomes an outlier as he tries to resist this gradual descent of civilness and ends up shouldering the blame for the wrongdoings of the savage tribe.