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Compare Golding's representation of the deaths of Simon and Piggy. How is language used to describe events? Discuss the link between these sections and characterisation of the two boys earlier in the novel.

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Compare Golding's representation of the deaths of Simon and Piggy. How is language used to describe events? Discuss the link between these sections and characterisation of the two boys earlier in the novel. From the beginning the reader can tell that Simon and Piggy are set apart from the rest of the boys. Both their psychical and mental attitude to living on the island is different to the other boys on the island. It is ironic that all the children will physical defects die. The first death is of the littelun with the birthmark. Later Simon and Piggy die, all three of these characters have defects, Simon is epileptic and Piggy is asthmatic, overweight and wears glasses. This makes the characters seem unique or it could also simply mean that they were not strong enough to survive on the island. However their characters make them see more special rather than weak. It is also ironic that Piggy, the one with the most deficiencies dies the most violently. The first time we meet Simon, he is in his choir robes. He faints on the beach because of the heat and Jack mocks him. We know he is delicate. He has epilepsy. We find out about Simon's appearance, which also highlights Simon's characteristics: "He was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and course" He is helpful and works for the good of others; he is the only one to stick with Ralph to make the shelters. ...read more.


He has the most mature attitude of any boy on the island. He scornfully sees the other boys: "Acting like a crowd of kids". Piggy is pragmatic. When Simon dies, Piggy tries to convince Ralph there was nothing they could have done: "It was an accident... and that's that." Like Ralph, he believes in civilised values and clings to what creates order: "I just take the conch to say this. I can't see no more and I got to get my glasses back." He shouts, "I got the conch" when they go to the fort to confront Jack, to try to show Jack that he has a right to be heard. Piggy and the conch are destroyed together by the rock Roger levers. Thus, intelligence and the symbol of authority are 'dead', so we know that there is nothing left to stop Jack gaining full control. At the end, Ralph mourns the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy. Simon and Piggy's deaths have a lot to do with their personalities and their life on the island. Simon's death is caused by the other boys getting out of control, ironically it's the first time that Simon tries to communicate properly with the group but he still isn't able to. Simon and Piggy's death are very different. Simon, is killed as part of a ritual that the boys create in their frenzied dance, it's not premeditated or planned in any way, but is committed as a group act when ...read more.


At this point all sense of control and civilised behaviour has been shattered. Piggy is killed partly because Roger realises he can hurt somebody; can exercise power over another living creature, without being punished for it. At the start of the novel Roger is throwing stones at some of the little ones. At that point he is still too conditioned by his past to actually throw to hit the children. By the end the restraints of civilisation have disappeared and he feels free to do as he likes. Piggy's death is described in a child like manner where Golding uses words such as 'stuff' and this is ironic because Piggy was the most adult like on the island. Unlike Simon deaths Piggy's is quick and graphical. Simon and Piggy's death can also be similar because both of them didn't have time to say what they wanted to: 'Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for event a grunt...' Piggy tries to get the message across that the conch is still important and that rules are still important. Simon wanted to tell the truth about the beast about how they didn't need to be scared anymore. Both of these were vital messages that could have saved the boys from their savage behavior and could have saved the lives of Simon and Piggy. The difference between Simon and Piggy's death is that Simon's death was seen as an accident that the whole group was responsible for whereas Piggy's death was caused on purpose and was caused by one singled person, therefore making it seem worse out of the two. Ali Barker 11B ...read more.

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