In the introduction to William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, E.M Forster describes Piggy as not only “the brains of the party” but also “the wisdom of the heart” and “the human spirit.” This description of Piggy becomes more accurate as the novel increases and the distinction between savagery and civilization becomes clearer. At the beginning of the novel, Piggy may seem to the boys on the island a brainy nuisance; yet as Jack and his tribe rapidly dominate the island with their brute force Piggy’s insight, experience as an outcast, and staunch belief in ethical ideals keep him from falling into the lure of savagery. When Ralph weeps at the end of the novel, he clearly sees how wisdom, soul, and sacrifice have made Piggy a true friend.
Piggy, most commonly acknowledged as Ralph’s subordinate, brims with intelligence that is both beneficial and harmful to himself; while his specs, symbolizing brains, clarity, and his physical limitations, prove to be a supportive pillar of survival on the island. His responsibility and need for structure can be seen when he says to Ralph, “How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?”(45). Chastising Ralph and Jack for running up the mountain “howling...
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lord of the flies piggy analysis Essay
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Piggy Character Analysis
Piggy in the beginning of the book was using his common sense, he was intelligent, he knew what was right from wrong, and he could condone things that made him angry easily. In the beginning of the book, (pg. ) Ralph told everyone his name was Piggy even though Piggy specifically told Ralph that he didn't like to be called that name Piggy later condoned Ralph's action with great ease. Piggy's action's and behavior depended on his glasses. Piggy and his glasses symbolized intelligence, he represents the rational side of civilization. With the glasses it seemed as though Piggy made all the right choices, and he helped Ralph know what needed to be done with the tribe. Without his…show more content…
Piggy in my mind was born neutral and was thought good. Piggy was always talking about his aunt, and what she taught him. e.g., “My auntie told me not to run on account of my asthma.” (pg. )
The common virtues Piggy had were; self-discipline i.e., he knew what was right from wrong, self-reliance i.e., he could rely on himself to some extent, he had less self-reliance after his glasses broke and were stolen. He had responsibility i.e., he watched the littluns so the biguns could go off. Friendship i.e, he had an interesting friendship with Ralph, he was the only one left in Ralph's group. Piggy had the virtue of loyalty to Ralph by not leaving his tribe to join Jack's tribe. Piggy definitely had patience i.e., he could watch the littluns and wait for food to be given to him. Piggy showed pride about his spectacles i.e., him being the only one to have then when he was little.(pg. ) He also didn't seem ashamed having asthma. Piggy had the most modesty of all the tribe, he was the most well behaved. Justice, Piggy treated people the way they were supposed to be treated. Even though they didn't treat him the way he was suppose to be treated. And integrity Piggy loved to tell the others what he knew, it's just no one listened, they all thought he was a pusillanimous because of his looks and physical status.