Piggy is fat, brilliant, lacking in social graces, and wears glasses, in other words the outsider on this island. Due to Piggy being such an foreigner, Jack feels that he is above Piggy, and feels better when he causes Piggy pain and sorrow. For example, “‘You’re talking too much,’ said Jack Merridew. ‘Shut up Fatty,’” (21). In this scene you can see power in Piggy’s lack thereof.
“You let me speak!” “The conch doesn’t count on top of the mountain,” said Jack, “so you shut up” (58). In this situation, Jack was not only breaking the rules of the conch, he was also making up his own rules around it. Jack made it clear that he had no respect for the rules, the conch, or the people of the island at this point in the
When the other boys hear the conch, they gather” (Novel for Students 176-177). This critic is stating that even though the boys are stranded on an island they can still work together to survive. The novel states, “They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority…” (Golding 59). This quote shows that the boys on the island saw the conch as a sign of authority and the meaning of being civilized. The conch shell also is a major symbol of power and respect in the novel.
The author uses the words “yet most powerfully” to convey that the boys’ society responds to the conch as a symbol of authority. The shell commands civilized behavior from the group of boys and grabs their attention immediately. The word “powerfully” itself argues the conch’s ability to instantly gain the respect of the little boys to elect a leader. It assists in keeping order and civilization intact on the island. Golding uses the word “obscurely” in order to symbolize that the conch has so much influence that it can subliminally sway the boys’ opinion of its beholder.
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. He was the only one on the island who foresaw things and used that knowledge to try to prevent malevolence from taking over. Unfortunately, among the boys, his asthma and physical condition made him less respected. Piggy had the intelligence of a true leader, and I believe that the boys should have listened and taken his advice seriously. He is the scapegoat of the story because he is physically weak and defenseless, but he is also the wise
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Leadership is one of the themes that William Golding uses throughout his novel, Lord of The Flies. Although some characters show potential for leadership, Piggy’s potential is incomparable. Piggy displays the most luminous potential for leadership in Lord of the Flies in view that he abide by what is morally right, and has strong intellectual brainpower. Piggy has the most potential for leadership because he is justful and righteous. There was a small boy, with a “mulberry-colored” birthmark on his face, who wanted to speak to the assembly, but Ralph didn’t give him the conch, and as a result the boy started weeping.
‘We mustn’t let anything happen to Piggy, must we?’” (117). When Simon speaks up and says he’ll go. Ralph turns to look at Jack, clearly ticked off. This part of the text shows how Jack is already not too fond of Piggy and Ralph is annoyed about Jack’s sarcasm because he believes he’s right and values Piggy. In summary, Lord of the Flies is a novel about a bunch of boys who get stuck on a deserted island and have the proper resources, and Ralph and Jack have different ways charge to control it
Piggy is very order oriented. He is always trying to keep the boys on the island in order. The conch is the only thing that keeps these boys in order and is the only thing that Piggy cares so much about. For instance, Jack is trying to steal Piggy’s glasses, but Piggy doesn’t know this is what Jack is trying to do. Jack steals the glasses and Piggy says to Ralph, “I thought they wanted the conch,”(168) and this goes to show that he is more worried about losing the conch and the order than he is to lose his sight.
Instead of the thrill of the catch, he finds that “Perfection has destroyed sport.” (Stegner, p.39) Although at first the ease of catching fish is appealing, the narrator soon understands that humans require failure. There is no failing in this Paradise in which he is intruding. The narrator ponders whether there was “Any record of flycasting in Paradise?” to which the answer must surely be no (Stegner, p.39). Why would man need to fish, or even attempt to fish, when God and Paradise provided so readily whatever was needed? It is apparent that the challenge is encoded within human beings.
Now, the lord of the flies is probably the most complicated symbol in the novel. Throughout most of the book, it is used to develop the themes of both fear and evil on the island. The conch is a shell. A shell that is used by the boys to call assemblies, and give one the authority to speak during the assemblies. The conch is used to build up the theme of civilization on the island.
Evil) “”I’m going to him with this conch in my hands.I’m going to hold it out. Look, I’m goin’ to say, you’re stronger than I am and you haven’t got asthma. You can see, I’m goin’ to say, and with both eyes. But I don’t ask you for my glasses back, not as a favor. I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say, not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right.