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Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies character study The book Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of boys who crash land on an island and are left to fend for themselves. I chose Piggy one of the main characters as my character study because I thought that he would be the most interesting character to investigate. Piggy is the second person to be introduced in the novel. He is a fat boy who wears thick spectacles. He lived with his aunty in London. In chapter one it is obvious that he cannot do anything by himself because he depends on his aunt who has spoilt him. This becomes apparent when he frequently says 'My aunt says....' He is very intelligent but no-one, except perhaps Ralph later on in the story, realises this. Instead, the first thing they see is his fatness, glasses and asthma- referred to as 'assmar' which makes him appears weak and an easy target for mocking. He isn't a very childlike character in this story, he is the only character who completely forgets the idea of a beast on the island, and even reassures Ralph on this point. It is Piggy who realises that the boys fear is the only danger that they face, and even the fear of the beast proves no actual threat to them. However, the outcast Piggy once again is ignored in favour of stories of beasts and ghosts' although he is consistently correct in his thought, he is still consistently ignored. He raises the important question whether the boys will act like humans, savages or animals. ...read more.

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From the characters, it could be seen that under the same circumstances, different individuals can develop in different ways depending on the factors within themselves and how they interacted with each other. Their personalities and what they knew could determine how they would interpret and adapt to a new environment such as the tropical island. Not everyone has so much evil hidden inside them as to become complete savages when released from the boundaries of our society. 'Piggy! Piggy!', 'Ralph, please'; Piggy, here is almost begging Ralph to stop, he hates getting mocked and it upsets him a lot, he wants to fit in but also realises the need for order and these views cause the other boys to dislike him as he seems to them as an adult in their own 'world'. They don't want to live with rules; they want to have fun; but Piggy, as the most intelligent of the characters, views the rules as tools of survival. He views all of the boy's behaviour on the island in terms of whether it will contribute to their rescue. He knows the reaction he will get from the boys when he tries to put in some sort of order, but still he tries; he really just wants to help. Piggy remains an outsider to the boys throughout the story, he is set up as a somebody trying his hardest to fit in but never actually fitting in. This is mainly due to his concerns and ideas. ...read more.

Conclusion

He could learn of the hatred being brought out of the boys without having to experience the thirst for blood that Ralph was exposed to. Although he is easily intimidated by the other boys, especially by Jack, he does not lack the self-confidence to protest or speak out against the indignities from the boys in the latter parts of the novel. "Which is better - to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?" Again Golding uses Piggy as a voice representing civilization, law and order, speaking out for its rules. Piggy's hair never 'seems to grow'. This suggests that he is not vulnerable to the progression of savagery the other boys seem to be drawn towards. Golding's descriptions of his baldness also presented an image of old age (wisdom) and made Piggy seem to lack the strength of youth (his asthma). It also links to time. "I've been thinking...about a clock. ...We could have a sundial each. Then we should know what the time was. "Piggy is the only link to civilisation after the other boys forgets the rules. Piggy is the character who seems to change the least in the story. I feel Piggy is an important character in the novel as he is the only one with the brains and he is the only one except Ralph that thinks about been rescued and about the future. I believe that it is Piggy's intelligence that helps them to survive but when Piggy died and the conch smashed the symbol for intelligence, order and logic died with him. So therefore Piggy is an important figure in the novel as he helps the natural leader Ralph, who makes the vital decisions. ...read more.

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