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Exploring the character of Piggy through chapters 1 and 2, focusing on his appearance, his behaviour, his actions, his personality and his thoughts.

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Essay on character of Piggy Exploring the character of Piggy through chapters 1 and 2, focusing on his appearance, his behaviour, his actions, his personality and his thoughts. In chapter 1, Piggy has not yet been given any identity and is therefore referred to as the " fat boy." Through chapters 1 and 2 Piggy becomes the victim of a case of bullying which slowly starts to affect him as the chapters progress, however, he is also the one who has the most sensible, mature suggestions. This interpretation of Piggy is shown when he says, " We got to find the others. We got to do something" this being a very sensible idea. Although he is the one who has the most common sense, the immaturity frequently shows when he refers back to his Aunty and refers to home. He is also very easily satisfied and he shows this through his facial expressions. He also regularly acts childish and does playful gestures towards Ralph and later on to the characters who have currently not been introduced. ...read more.

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"What's your name?" is what he asks Ralph right at the beginning of chapter 1, which gives the impression that he is very friendly and open. However, he soon realises that Ralph seems uninterested in any aspect of friendship and replies very bluntly to all Piggy's questions and comments. It seems, however, that Piggy is desperate for some sort of security through friendship as he continues attempting to learn more about Ralph. Piggy often mentions home, suggesting that he is quite young and needs the security of having grown ups around. Piggy often speaks timidly which substantiates the fact that he is very shy; this could be the result of the taunts of being nicknamed "Piggy" and the constant bullying he has experienced. He seems to have a continuous sense of anxiety, which the author discreetly interprets through the language he uses in Piggy's dialogue. The sense of eagerness to find the others is suggested in this way too. " We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us." ...read more.

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However, at the end of chapter 2, when all the boys are having a meeting and a discussion, Piggy is daring enough to take the conch to speak. When Piggy goes to talk he says, "I got the conch" this suggests that Piggy is indignant and when everyone laughs at him he loses his temper. Once he starts expressing his feelings, he cannot stop. It seems as if it is a relief to get all his opinions and feelings out in the open and finally let out his anger and anxiety in this irritated fashion. He becomes hysterical and rapidly becomes stubborn as he refuses to listen to anyone's comments. This is a sudden change in personality, of which we are unsure of whether he is acting out of character or not. In conclusion from the first two chapters of the novel, it is clear that there is more about Piggy that the reader has not yet learnt. However, the descriptions and information, as well as the dialogue, between characters informs the reader of a great deal. His appearance, personality, behaviour and thoughts are all expressed effectively through the author's language and the format of the chapters. ...read more.

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