Piggy’s logical explanations are taught to the boys, but they won’t understand his words because his intellect overpowers the other boys. On the island, Piggy is quite vocal during the meetings, criticizing the boys’ actions. A situation when this occurs is during a meeting and he announces to the boys, “‘That’s what I said! I said about our meetings and things and then you said shut up-’...‘You said you wanted a small fire and you’ve been and built a pile like a hayrick. If I say anything,’ cried Piggy, with bitter realism, ‘you say shut up; but if Jack or Maurice or Simon-’” (Golding, 43).
As stated before, Piggy is clearly the heaviest of the boys, and more than once, Jack called Piggy “Fatty”(21). In this way, Piggy almost immediately loses power and respect. You can see this when Ralph tells Jack Piggy’s name, but more so in Piggy’s reaction after the fact. Piggy ended up confronting Ralph about how he didn’t want to be called Piggy, but Ralph blatantly disobeyed and told everyone that Piggy is what he was called. In Ralph’s defense, he is “Better Piggy than Fatty” (25).
This quote suggests that Simon's character is passionate and understands the building tension and the boys' anger, but is set apart from it, preferring to show compassion to Piggy when Simon picks up his glasses for him. Another example of when Simon demonstrates empathy to others is on page 74, when Jack uses the pig meat as a way to manipulate the boys and gain power. At first, Jack deprives Piggy of meat because he sees him as a
He was being treated unfairly and the boys picked on him but he endured it as much as he could. He complained about how he was being treated while holding the conch, but if the boys treated Jack the way they treated Piggy, he would have gotten physical about it. Conjointly, before Simon's murder takes place, everyone feast on the pig that Jack and his hunters killed. After they ate things started to get intense between Ralph and Jack. Fortunately, Piggy was there to stop it.
This shows an act of foolishness as leader because he did not notify his men of the dangerous obstacle coming towards him, but just keeps put to leave his men to fend for themselves. An example of Odysseus’ arrogance is when Odysseus brags to Cyclops and yells out, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny am I, in a Caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392).
At first, I did not know too much about his character, but in the fourth chapter he showed new outstanding qualities that made him an immensely respectable character. For example, when Jack rudely refused to give Piggy meat, Simon passed his own meat to Piggy, and did not take his decision back even when Jack started yelling at the poor boy. This shows that Simon is generous and naturally a good person. Most people ignored how badly Piggy was treated and did not help whatsoever, while others joined in on the bullying. Even their leader of the society joined in on this cruel act, but Simon was the only one that looked out for Piggy when no one else would.
Simon is known for using his hiding spot as a place to clear his mind. In the events where i would be left on an island i would want to have a place to think away from everyone else as well. I think this is the reason simon says so calm compared to the boys, he has a piece of mind. With that in mind, Simon is by far the most upset boy in the book when the pig’s head is put a stick in my opinion. Simon closes his eyes and doesn’t even want to look at the pig.
In the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, one of the main characters, Jack, struggles to get along with Ralph, the leader of the group of boys on the island. Jack constantly challenges Ralph’s authority and only cares about hunting food for himself. Not only does Jack challenge Ralph’s authority, but he also decides to take the fire for himself without regarding anyone else. Rather than compromising with Ralph about who gets the fire, Jack takes it for himself. According to Freud’s Theory of Personality, Jack’s actions are motivated by his id as shown by his lack of caring about the rules and the other boys on the island.
In chapter 4 Jack fights Piggy because Jack told the twins to help him hunt while they should of been tending the fire. Turns out the fire would of most likely got the kids saved, Ralph then says to Jack after fighting Piggy and breaking his glasses, “That was a dirty trick,” (Golding 72) angering Jack. The next thing to happen in this scene is, Jack starts fighting Piggy. This was the start of Piggy and Ralph's relationship with Jack going in the wrong direction. From this scene someone could learn that relationships go bad when someone acts evil.
It is also is a signal that some the boys at least remain partially humanized and need to saved from becoming fully savages. In many of the chapters from Lord of The Flies the narrator describes the smoke as “...a thin trickle...” (pg.41) or “a thread of white...” (pg…142) This signifies the dwindling amount of humanity. Another important quote on pg.197 explains how Ralph, a character constantly fighting to keep a fire going (and therefore trying to remain more human than the others)is being driven away and becoming separated. “ (the boys) had smoked (ralph) out and set the island on
Piggy shows he is scared that they are stuck on the island on their own with no adults. You can tell Piggy is scared by the tone of his voice when he replied to Ralph. Thus, showing that Piggy wasn’t the bravest out of all the other boys. Here 's an example of Piggy’s character transforming. In the book Jack is always making fun of Piggy.
As a reality check, after placing the glasses on his face, Piggy shows the boys the hard truth which is that no one know that they are on the island and that they are stuck. The glasses being place on his face shows that Piggy understand the situation and is trying to explain the knowledge that he has about it even though no one will listen, which in turn eventually leads to the change that occurs with the glasses. “His specs, use them as burning glasses!”(40). Very shortly after Piggy gives the boys a reality check with his glasses on, he is assaulted, and has his glasses used for alternative reasons. This shows a change in the interpretation of the glasses because when the boys take the glasses, they disregard that not only are the glasses a symbol of knowledge, Piggy needs them to see.
In Lord of the Flies, we quickly identify the character Piggy as the smartest, yet the boys frequently ignore and abuse him, leaving him useful only in the sense of advancing the themes of the novel. The boys hardly listen to Piggy because he is an outsider. The most obvious reason the boys consider him an outsider is because of his appearance. Piggy is fat, has asthma, and wears glasses, while everyone else is slim with no disabilities. In the very beginning of the book the boys recognized Piggy as an outsider, taunting him and calling him names.