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Lord of the Flies Character Study: Piggy.

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Lord of the Flies Character Study: Piggy Piggy is the second person we meet in the story. He is overweight, unfit and has asthma - referred to as 'assmar'. He finds physical things hard but he is very advanced for his age, mentally. Piggy is the intelligent one of the group. Although he isn't that sporty, he is clumsy and asthmatic. He has a quick sense of humour. It his knowledge of the conch shell which allows Ralph to get the rest of the boys together and he shows most concern for some sort of order. This is shown in his names; immediately asking Ralph for his and wishing Ralph wouldn't respond badly, 'I don't care what they call me'. He brings up the conversation of names at the first opportunity. ...read more.


He views all of the boy's behaviour on the island in terms of whether it will contribute to their rescue. This in a way makes him a bit of a hero. 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. 'How can you expect to be rescued when you don't put first things first and act proper?' When Piggy suggests that the boys build a sundial they mock him. This is quite hurtful to Piggy as he doesn't seem to understand why they hate him so much and he still tries to win their approval by saying to them what he thinks are good and bad ideas. ...read more.


Piggy 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 this fear 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, Piggy is still consistently ignored. He raises the important question whether the boys will act like humans, savages or animals. However, in my opinion Piggy in some ways acts like a hero, such as when he asks for his glasses back, but this was selfish, although a brave act. Piggy was an important character in this story, without Piggy, Ralph wouldn't have ever discovered the conch and many other good ideas. ...read more.

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