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Piggy Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis

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Go back to when you were about twelve years old. Now, imagine you are involved in a plane crash and are stranded on an island with other kids your age and the only decision you have to make is how you will act upon the situation. Would you let your emotions control you or would you express your adult instincts? In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies young boys are faced with this problem and just one character, Piggy, shows just what maturity means. Piggy is only twelve years old but his age does not do justice to his hidden, preeminent knowledge. As the boys collect sticks and twigs to ignite their fire, they are becoming hectic and fractious. Piggy is remaining logical and points out, “how can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?” (45) Even though the boys respond by showing no interest to Piggy’s “interruption” he is proving to them that staying focused and well-rounded will be what they need to possess to survive. Piggy is displaying many examples of a perfect leader. While the others boys have veered off from the first said rules, Piggy has remained loyal to them. In the words of Piggy, “I thought they wanted the conch. They came for something else” (168). Piggy views the conch as the most important item on the island and as a symbol of Democracy among the boys, while the other boys see Piggy’s glasses…show more content…
For instance, Piggy states, “Ralph - remember what we came for. The fire. My specs” (177). Piggy is sensible and focused on the important things that need to be done. The other boys’ instincts are very different from Piggy’s. The way Piggy reacts to the current status would make you think he has been analyzing the situation repeatedly, when in reality his wisdom and well-reasoning come to him
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