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Explore the importance of Piggy in Lord of the flies

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Introduction

Explore the importance of Piggy in Lord of the flies Piggy is a key character in the novel not only because he is important in showing the emotions of the boy's through the hate that he generates but also because of the underlying symbolism that is so closely related to him. Piggy's "specks" are used to show the state of the boy's society. At the start of the novel Piggy's glasses are intact this shows us that the boys are still clinging on to the thoughts and morals as they had in their homes in the past. But later in the novel Piggy's glasses bet cracked this is symbolic for the cracks that are appearing in the society of the boys on the island, as they are becoming more savage. ...read more.

Middle

Piggy is always seen to act with a sense of authority and caring towards the conch within the meetings telling people that "When you done laughing perhaps we can get on with this meeting". His false sense of security is shown by his keeping hold of the conch throughout most of the meetings and always saying "I got the conch" "They ought to shut up shouldn't they" and being a sort of translator for the "littl'uns". This shows us that piggy tries to use his intellect to gain a normal place within the islands society. "Piggy was once more the centre of social derision so that everyone felt cheerful and normal." ...read more.

Conclusion

This seems to appeal to the boy's on the island at the beginning of the novel when they all what "lots of rules" but as their stay on the island progresses they become more "savage" and "ape like". But piggy always through thick and thin sticks to the moral and democratically elected leader. Piggy is also named so because he is the victim of the island. This name is used as he is the prey of the island just like the pigs that are killed for food this is done to show how society victimises people. This could be done to make you feel sympathetic towards a character that could if represented differently be thought as the character that everyone loves to hate. ...read more.

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