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Lord of the Flies: Simon and Piggy

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Introduction

Lord of the Flies: Simon and Piggy The second character to be introduced in the book; Piggy immediately grabs the pity of the reader. Piggy is short, fat, has glasses, and is an orphan. He has a far different social standing than the "fair haired boy". This is shown by the fact that since first seeing him, Piggy develops a following of Ralph. As Piggy is doubtlessly used to however, Ralph shows very little interest in him. Piggy asks Ralph his name, which is an obvious introductory act, designed to let Piggy get to know Ralph. The reader sees Piggy's hopes that Ralph will ask him the same question, and the reader feels Piggy's disappointment when he does not. The reader understands that Piggy is not a popular boy at school, and so is used to having his expectations let down, but Piggy might have thought Ralph was different, he would have been hoping for a new start. When he finds out that Ralph is no different, and he will be treated no differently on this island than he would be at home, Piggy must feel upset. Instantly Piggy falls into his following role; lagging behind Ralph as he strides toward to beach and asking irritating yet easily-ignored questions. ...read more.

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He becomes very vulnerable as well, especially towards the end of the book. His glasses are an important possession of his, and in fact, they are second only to the conch in what Piggy's values. When he loses these glasses, he of course loses his sight, and is even more vulnerable. It is perhaps fitting that because he looses his glasses, he also loses the conch and his life. His glasses are also a type of comfort blanket to him. There are many times in the book when he cleans his glasses, and they are usually when he is upset or angry. This is most probably because his glasses steam up when he is distressed, but he seems to clean them whenever he is angry or upset, regardless of whether they are steamed up or not. It also develops that he is actually lazy, and shies from physical work. This laziness is the only reason the reader has for not feeling completely sorry for this poor, bullied boy whose intelligence is masked by physical and social disadvantage. Simon in many ways is a lot like Piggy. Both boys are outsiders, although Simon is not as much of one as Piggy is. ...read more.

Conclusion

Simon's 'funeral' so to speak, when he drifts out to sea is also very symbolic: "Softly, surrounded by inquisitive bright creatures; itself a silver shape beneath the constellations, Simon's body drifted out to sea." This gentle removal of his body from the island of his death is a stark comparison to the death of Piggy, who is splattered against the rocks, before being swept away in a single wave. Before their deaths, the reader's feeling towards Simon and Piggy are of sympathy and sorrow. Golding has portrayed their background and personalities as such to encourage this, although more so with Piggy. The two boys, one a fat boy with glasses and asthma, the other quiet and often ignored. Because of their characters, the reader does feel for these boys. Incidentally, because of the characters that I have listed above, the boys will both die. The reader understands that if only these boys had not died, if only they had been listened to, then the final conclusion of the book would not be so. Piggy and Simon are two of the most important characters in the book, but their most significant moment in the book was their deaths. David Swift 10H ...read more.

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