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.
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
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see “Its is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin. The character Piggy in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies serves as the intellectual balance to the emotional leaders of a group of shipwrecked British boys, but he himself is not able to cope with the idea of change and fear is what holds him back. Their new society does not care about Piggy’s intellectual talents instead they value physical strength more, as they believe it is their key to survival.
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.
When Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric realized that the “beast” they have slaughtered was Simon, they break off from the group. The others do not understand the act they have just committed. As Ralph defines his morals with his group, she starts to comprehend the situation he is in. This act represents Ralph coming of age when he defines his morals. This is a common theme which runs through many stories.
In Chapter 1, Ralph blows a shell that he found. Piggy suggests to blow into it as a signal for the other boys who survived. When Ralph does this, the other boys start to show up. Therefore, the title of Chapter 1 is “The Sound of the Shell.” This relates to morality because after all of the boys show up they make an agreement on who should be their “leader” and what their group should be based on.
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.
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.
On the other hand, Ralph disagrees, he thinks that the "beast" does not exist, and also the gigantic squids that eat whales whole. This quote also shows how Piggy is the brains of the group, everyone goes to him for answers, he's the smartest. Furthermore, it shows that Ralph trusts Piggy, he believes what he says, and how open he is to talking within the group. "They agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented private lives." - Page 103
Ralph and Piggy held onto order, with the death of Piggy “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart and [...] the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Pg. 202) Chaos and savagery show the true darkness of man’s heart, bringing out the ugliest within us. This is a powerful ending to a meaningful book that wraps multiple themes into one statement. Including darkness of man’s heart and that order is chosen. We weren’t born in tuxedo’s, our appearance show’s how we have chosen to live our lives.
(Golding 11) When Ralph does this to Piggy he doesn’t even get mad at him or hardly frustrated with him. The only thing Piggy asks him to do is not tell the others and then he just forgets about it. While Piggy gets picked on all throughout the book, he chooses to walk away and turn the other cheek acting in an appropriate way. With piggy’s ability to walk away and turn the other cheek in situations like these greatly shows how he represents superego.
Ralph’s realization of power shift, loss of innocence, and whom he considers a friend changed. He learned the effects of jealousy and fear that lead to murder and betrayal. Most of the boys betrayed him and joined Jack, teaching Ralph the lesson of who his friends are. He learned Piggy may look different, but in the end, he had the most loyalty and reason. Jack’s envy of Ralph led to his outburst his disrespect for the boys’ right of speech and the animals’ right to live.
The death of this unacclaimed leader heavily impacted the tone of the events to follow. Piggy was influential in many ways, but was highly underappreciated by many. His death in Chapter 11 greatly affected Ralph’s emotions. “And in the middle of them . with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy” (202).