Jack’s development and characteristics support his role as the id which represents the nature of wickedness on the island. The id represents the part of one that is ruled by instincts and desire. It is typically accompanied by violent, rebellious, and selfish behavior(von Unwerth). These three adjectives are commonly associated with Jack. Throughout Lord of the Flies, Jack is constantly “disobeying, ignoring, and finally abrogating the rules that have been established for the benefit, and possible rescue of all”(Bufkin).
Piggy comes up with many good ideas, but everyone else takes them right from him. Some examples include that it was Piggy who came up with the idea to make the signal fire, he also told Ralph how to blow the conch shell, and he was the first one of the boys to realize the “beast” wasn’t real. The other boys take each of these ideas, and act like it was their own ideas. Golding tries to portray this in many ways for example, “He’s like Piggy. He says things like Piggy.
At the beginning of the novel when the Golding first introduces Piggy, he strictly emphasizes the importance of Piggy’s glasses. Piggy explained to Ralph, ‘“I’ve been wearing specs since I was three.” He took off his glasses and held them out to Ralph, blinking and smiling’ (Golding 9). When Piggy held his glasses out to Ralph, it symbolized Piggy offering his intelligence or perspective to Ralph. Piggy knows things that the other boys don’t.
Because the boys are all from different situations they are different levels of maturity. Likely due to loss of his parents, Piggy has matured far beyond the other boys on the island. For this reason, Piggy becomes almost a parental figure on the island. Having already explored his masculinity, he seems to be more civilized then the other boys. They see this as one of Piggy’s weaknesses and walk right over him, but in reality this is one of his greatest strengths.
The True Nature of Humans is Revealed in the Cruelest Ways Piggy is ugly without sense, unwanted, and ridiculed by his island-mates throughout the entire novel. He is seen as the biggest outcast on the island, but he goes through a journey of self-discovery that differs from the other boy's journeys. Piggy is in search for acceptance, and just wants to fit in with the rest of the boys. The others just want fire, food, water, blood, or rescue, while Piggy just wants some friends. Most of the boys go through a physical transformation or go down a darker path, but I believe piggy goes through a deeper transformation while searching for what he wants.
He reminds the boys that they need to think before they act otherwise bad things will happen, like losing boys. Piggy addresses the boys like he is an adult and they are the misbehaving children. He repeatedly says they are “Acting like a crowd of kids (Golding 38)!” “Like a pack of kids (Golding 45)!” Ralph even noticed Piggy’s voice of reason in chapter 7 when he was climbing the mountain “Now that his physical voice was silent his inner voice of reason was heard… Piggy was calling him a kid (Golding 122).”
In William Golding’s book, Lord of the Flies, Piggy shows a great change from the beginning of the novel to the end, as he becomes much more confident leader of the boys. Piggy first demonstrates this new aura of confidence with his newly found ability to voice his opinions with matters that are important to him. Towards the end of chapter 2, Piggy takes the conch from Ralph to speak, as he feels like he needs to express his opinions. In this scene, Piggy remains quiet at the beginning of the meeting of the boys, showing that he is reserved, yet by the end he has warmed up to the group and voiced his opinions towards them. Piggy explains that they need to accept the reality that they may never get off of the island, and that they must learn
That quote shows how immature Ralph and the children are when they laugh at Piggy. Another example of the children's innocence is when Jack could not kill the piglet that was trapped in the vines "I was choosing a place. I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him" (Golding). Jack not being able to kill the piglet
Before this, Piggy was struggling to find his usefulness because his asthma prevented him from helping with manual labor. Throughout the novel, Piggy is ignored by the other boys except when they need his incendiary tool. Piggy’s role on the island is also reasoning and being the adult, which means he ruins all the fun making him an outsider. “Finally, Piggy's role—as man's reasoning faculties and as a father—derives some of its complexity from the fact that the fire which the children foster and guard on the mountain in the hope of communicating with the adult world is lighted with his glasses” (Mannori). Piggy is the ‘adult’ that brings the children fire.
A subset of the ego, the superego, serves as an internal authority to prevent the ego from doing something that is considered wrong. Freud states that “the tension between the harsh super-ego and the ego that is subjected to it, is called by us the sense of
Despite being treated poorly in the beginning, He soon earns Ralph’s respect. It is shown when Ralph says, “But Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains.” (78). Ralph still makes fun of Piggy’s physical appearance, but there’s nothing bad he can say about Piggy involving his logic and brains. Ralph is able to look past Piggy’s corpulent appearance and realize the intellectual properties that Piggy accommodates.
Piggy expressed this point when he “moved among the crowd, asking names and frowning to remember them. The children gave him the same simple obedience that they had given to the man with the megaphone.”(18). The man with the megaphone is an adult, someone the boys have been taught is superior to them. The obedience taught to the children is still present at the point in the novel. In addition, when Ralph says, “‘We've got to have rules and obey them.
Throughout the book Piggy was the one character that always strived for a good society so that everyone would remain good as a whole. As an example “Piggy was so full of delight and expanding liberty in Jack’s departure, so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society, that he helped to fetch wood” (Chapter 8, Page 129). Piggy still with a reasonable mind is still trying to convince others to do good also. He stated “Which is better--to have to be a pack of painted indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?” (Chapter 11, Page 180).