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Discuss how the relationship between Piggy and Ralph changes in the first four chapters.

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Introduction

Discuss how the relationship between Piggy and Ralph changes in the first four chapters. When Piggy and Ralph met for the first time, there was no connection between the two -at least that's how Ralph wanted it to be- this however was not to continue. All through the first four chapters we are to see a great deal of change between the two boys and the way which they treat one another. When they met for the first time, Piggy made a courteous attempt at being polite, in a hope to becoming friends. We understand that 'the fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made.' (Page 3) Ralph turned down this gesture of friendship looking at Piggy as a fat and ugly waste of space. It was pure irritation for him to be saddled with such a social outcast following him around. He wouldn't even consider looking at Piggy's personality; he just saw the unattractive clothing and unflattering flaws in his persona, judging him as unimportant. Ralph constantly tried to walk away but "the fat boy hurried after him" (Page 2). Ralph didn't even attempt conversation with "the fat boy", instead "Ralph shook his head and increased his speed." (Page 3) At this point we're viewing Ralph as a firmly dislikeable character. ...read more.

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He wasn't asked, but they were taken. Piggy struggled to resist the boys as he wasn't comfortable with this idea and was relying on Ralph to help him but 'Piggy was surrounded before he could back away.' (Page 40) Ralph didn't help him out of it, instead he" elbowed him to one side,' (page 40) abandoning him in an unfriendly manor. It is of no concern to Ralph how Piggy will survive at this point without his glasses as he can only see what matters to him. When they have served their purpose, he hand s the glasses back without a thought towards Piggy. The character of Ralph at this point seems like one not to be trusted and not to be tolerated as nothing is of concern to him if it doesn't involve him. The fire is very quickly allowed to escape and rage uncontrollably, pushing the older boys to blame the younger children. Piggy can understand that they need to remain calm, and see's the errors in their previous ways, suggesting how they could amend them. Ralph on the other hand blames the little'uns, simply because he can. Piggy manages to question Ralph's leadership skills asking, 'How can you expect to be rescued if you don't put first things first and act proper?' (Page 45) Ralph doesn't seem to take this into mind, and doesn't think in the same way as Piggy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The twitch in his lip indicates his heart is moving directions. His head still trying to go with his usual crowd of boys and laugh at Piggy, but his heart is pulling him away. He has recognised the evil within Jack and can see Piggy as the intelligent person he really is, so holds himself back from laughing attempting to gain Piggy's trust. The next time Piggy is approached for his glasses, in aid of the fire, a very different advance is taken. Ralph asks Piggy for his permission to use the glasses and assures them of their safe keeping. This gives Piggy more of a confidence in Ralph, and he is able to see the real kindness Ralph is capable of. It also proves to him Ralph is not only concerned with social business but with the safety of the group and the survival of them all. From the beginning of the book to the end of the fourth chapter we see a dramatic change in the relationship between Ralph and Piggy, mostly from Ralph's side. As the island forced Ralph to grow in maturity, it also pushed Piggy to respect Ralph more. Ralph was able to see through the unattractive show that Piggy puts on and see his intelligent and sensible character. He realises how badly he really needs Piggy, as an accomplice and as a friend. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abbie Bullock 5th Form- King Reynolds ...read more.

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