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How does Golding use the language to show Piggy and Simon are never fully accepted by the other boys? Use their deaths, and the language used to describe them, in keeping with their treatment in the preceding chapters.

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How does Golding use the language to show Piggy and Simon are never fully accepted by the other boys? Use their deaths, and the language used to describe them, in keeping with their treatment in the preceding chapters. 'Lord Of The Flies' by William Golding shows how both Simon and Piggy are never fully accepted by the other boys. They are both outsiders but for different reasons. Simon chooses to be separate and is therefore more responsible for his downfall, whereas Piggy is bullied into being alone and apart from the boys, and so becomes a victim to their games. Piggy is an educated boy who has grown up as an outcast. Due to his illness and long periods in isolation, he is more mature than the others and retains his civilized behaviour. However his experiences on the island give him a more realistic understanding of the cruelty possessed by some people. From the start of the novel Golding describes Piggy as "the fat boy," this is referring to his physical appearance and this adjective indicates and highlights the undesirable trait of obesity, which makes him different, therefore unacceptable in society as he stands out. Piggy's physical appearance also includes poor eyesight, 'wearing specs since I was three," and "asthma;" people with these traits cannot fend for themselves as well as healthier people and so die off quicker, as the fittest survive. Piggy has the handicap of asthma that makes him weak and holds him back from having fun with the other boys, therefore excluding him from the fun the boys enjoy, "I can't swim on account of my asthma". Piggy is already becoming excluded. Throughout the novel Piggy is never asked or called by his proper name, this shows that the boys are not interested in Piggy's past as they cannot be bothered to ask him his name, showing the full extent of the separation between Piggy and the boys. ...read more.

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The increasing injustice Piggy endures towards the end of the novel is far greater than any that he has encountered previously. In his fit of anger, Piggy cries out in a sense of morality, "I don't ask for my glasses back, not as a favour. I don't ask you to be a sport, I'll say, not because you're strong, but because what's right's right." Piggy is the only boy who presents the others with this statement and challenges their beliefs and so exposes himself to cruelty. This new standard of harshness brings Piggy to tears as the suffering becomes intolerable. For a brief moment, Piggy's anger at the injustice and his helplessness robs him of his usual logical reasoning, which returns when he is confronted with his fear of the savages. Piggy dies with no identity which shows he has no place in island society. He is referred to as, "a bag of fat," which makes him anonymous, therefore showing no value, just a worthless object that is not accepted by the group. Piggy is seen to be an outcast right up to his death; Golding describes the other boys when killing Piggy as, "a solid mass of menace that bristled," conveying a real sense of unity whereas Piggy is not one of the "solid mass," but is alone and an easy victim. This is also illustrated earlier in the text when Piggy "came and stood outside the triangle." Before being killed Piggy tries desperately to make a last attempt to be accepted by the group by appealing, to their sense of morality, "Which is better. Law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?" The extent of the separation between Piggy and civilization and the other boys is seen here, as Piggy is the only one who still believes in the moral code and as a consequence of being an outcast due to remaining inflexible about the rules he dies and so does civilization, as the conch is smashed and "ceased to exist." ...read more.

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Although the group has not accepted Simon he feels an urgency to tell them about the beast. He is battered to death, which is due to his isolation and separation from the group. If the other boys had accepted Simon he would have been involved in the ritual and been caught up in the frenzy rather than seeing the truth of the situation Simon's death is similar to Piggy's as it shows that he is alienated by the group as they are described as "a solid mass" that all work together to form "a single organism", which shows Simon is not accepted by the other boys. The crowd of boys are like a pack of savage, crazed animals and Simon, like Piggy, is the one lone sane person showing his division from the boys. During his death Golding describes Simon as, "the beast," "it," and "thing," which is similar to Golding's description of Piggy: he has no identity, making it even more obvious that he is not part of their "mass." These characters die in the novel, which is significant as they are both characters who have been excluded by the group and die due to the reasons they are not accepted. Piggy is never accepted by the boys due to his weight and his shortsightedness, he dies, as he is unable to see a rock falling on top of him due to the loss of his glasses. Simon chooses to be separate from the boys so does not get accepted due to being alone on the mountain Simon is killed as all the other boys have been whipped into a frenzy, owing to a fire and dancing. These tragic deaths indicate that these two boys where alone and vulnerable up to and including their deaths. They are killed by a "solid mass," which they have not been part of and are killed with no identity, as they were never part of the boys' group. Through their deaths Golding is exposing and revealing the dark side of human nature. Katarina Stead English Essay 11B ...read more.

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