Piggy is truly the brains behind Ralph’s leadership on the island. He comes up with all of the ideas, such as calling the group together by using the shell and taking names as a source of accountability; however, he is unable to carry out his ideas due to a lack in assertiveness. “We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us” ( 16) .
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. Up until his untimely death, Piggy is portrayed as the most intellectual and most civil character in the group of stranded boys. Right from the beginning, Piggy realized that “[they] got to do something,” (8) and he recognized the shell Ralph had picked up as a conch.
While Piggy faces difficulties due to his looks, he also possesses strength because of his mind. His ability to come up with ideas keeps the society together and running. “‘Ralph!’ Ralph looked up. ‘We can use this to call the others.
A group of boys crash landed on an island, no adults just them. Sounds like fun right? That's what they thought, they discovered many hardships. They elect a leader, Ralph who with the help of piggy, the more realistic and intelligent one of the group. Piggy makes the rules and is always the one to come up with a logical and realistic plan.
In the novel Piggy is the most civilized and intelligent character. Why don’t the other boys listen to his ideas and suggestions about what they should be doing on the island? It could be because of Piggy’s physical and medical attributes. Because they are still children and the don’t realize the responsible and necessary actions to take. Then there’s also the fact that the boys are very fond of Ralph and later on Jack as leaders on the island.
Riding on a plane away to a new location and you plane suddenly crashes and you are stranded on an island,what will you do?Away from any other rolemodel,no one to guide you or help you. You are alone with children that are becoming more and more untamable every day,you need a leader, someone to trust and look up to. Someone strong and gallant. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies the boys need to learn how to survive on an island by themselves they will need a leader. Piggy is the least likely to ensure survival on the island because Piggy doesn't really show aggressiveness and stand out to show leadership skills, is unhealthy and is disrespected by the boys.
His look, behavior, and beliefs resemble those of an adult, reflecting a more mature attitude and greater wisdom than the others. He sees the importance of building shelters and moving the fire to the beach. His glasses are the tool to build the fire. Piggy frequently asks "what grownups would do" when confronted with situations that the children don't know how to handle. Piggy is by far the most logical ,intellectual, and adaptable of the older boys and the best for the task; however , he lacks a commanding presence which is the foremost trait that is necessary in leaders.
In the beginning of the novel, Piggy's glasses help the boys take a huge step toward their own civilization and survival. This is one of many reasons why Piggy's glasses symbolize civilization and knowledge. In Lord of the Flies Golding writes,"' His specs – use them as burning glasses"' (40). He illustrates how the boys use the glasses to create fire to demonstrate their value and why they are beneficial. Golding also writes, "Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks''(71).
In the novel Lord of the Flies (LOTF) by: William Golding, Piggy had the qualities of a good leader; however, not many of the boys were aware of this. They looked down on him due to his weight, which blinded them from being able to see these qualities which he possessed. For this reason, Piggy was treated poorly- being ignored, teased, and bullied throughout LOTF. If they didn’t judge him for his appearance and were more accepting, they would have seen the good leadership skills he had. His great skill of perception allowed him to see the faults of the group and know how to improvise their circumstances.
Golding portrays Piggy as the outsider to teach readers about the impact that logic and reason have and that they are necessary in order for a society and its inhabitants to thrive. Piggy’s advocacy for acting properly and civilly teaches readers that a people will become primitive when they do not act logically. Piggy’s expression of how logic is exchanged for desperation in times of war tells readers to be conscious of the motives behind the actions they are taking. Piggy’s role as an outsider while still having some effect on the boys shows readers that logic and reason can preserve morality, and lack thereof leads to chaos. Through the characterization of Piggy, Golding stresses that readers should put logic and reason at the forefront
(Golding 2). 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.
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.
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
He says that people are afraid from each other. Perivale one of the boys suggests that the beast comes from the water and the others started to add more scary suggestions to know how this beast looks like. Piggy responded by yelling at others for being stupid and unrealistic. They didn’t accept his opinion, which is so logical and ignored him. Ignoring the truth sometimes is a sine for shutting your eyes because this is the ugly truth you always want to hide from your own self.