Essay On Piggy And Simon In Lord Of The Flies

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In the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, a group of British school boys were on a plane when it crashed on an island, killing all of the adults. The boys struggle to survive, and soon become savages. Piggy and Simon are two of the only boys who remain sane, representing not just intelligence, innocence, and order in the group, but also in society. They both symbolize very important things. Piggy is an overweight kid who isn’t physically attractive, but is one of the most intelligent boys on the island. He uses his intelligence to try and solve the problems on the island. He is first introduced to us as “shorter than the fair boy and very fat” (1). He has all the qualities of a leader: thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent, organized, a good listener, and many more. However, his physical appearance causes people to think…show more content…
Piggy and Simon are both killed by savages in the book. Simon is the first to be killed, and he is brutally murdered by Jack and his tribe when they mistake him for the beast, chanting “Kill the beast! Slit his throat! Spill his blood!” (152). The boys were so fixated with their chants and tribe that they don’t see the damage their doing, and savagery and evil soon take over. The end of all good and intelligence occurs when, “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee.” (181) and Piggy died. Both Piggy and Simon represented intelligence, and they were both killed by savages. In order for savagery to win, much like in society, they needed to get rid of the good and the intelligence. A difference between the two boys is because of his appearance, Simon was more accepted. He was physically fit and helped out in many ways, unlike Piggy, who was unfit and unable to help with physical tasks. His inability to help and his unattractive appearance made him much more disliked and unaccepted by the
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