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Lord of the Flies - To what extent do you feel that Piggy represent the qualities of sense and order in the island?

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Lord of the Flies - To what extent do you feel that Piggy represent the qualities of sense and order in the island? Piggy, in Lord Of The Flies, is one of the characters who is sensitive enough to feel the changes of the community as it moves towards the danger of being savage. Therefore he is one of the few who is able to sustain the community, preventing it from the approach of disorder, which can easily lead to death. Piggy has the ability to think and identify solutions, his unattractive appearance and behaviour stops him from being a leader. Piggy shows a broad general knowledge. He is able to make use of the natural, surrounding tools that are available. For instance, he knows what a conch is and that it can be used to call an assembly. Although he cannot do it himself, he can show good, clear guidance to Ralph, who succeeds, following Piggy's instruction. In a way, this is the first step to assemble the others in order to build a community. ...read more.

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This is because he knows that Jack is prejudiced against him and that Jack 'hates' both Ralph and himself. He is the one who can sense the attitude of the others and make an accurate analysis of it, which very few people can do. Piggy is a good listener, especially to the 'littluns'. He encourages Percival to speak up in the assembly and share the daunting experience he had, even though it takes him a long time to overcome the fear of speaking publicly. Piggy has the patience and does not interrupt, which is a quality that Jack and most of the older ones in the island lack. Listening is a vital quality in a community, even more crucial than the ability to making speeches. It is needed to strengthen the society as it brings the community out of danger, especially in a wild environment in an isolated island. Piggy is sensitive; though sometimes he gets the wrong impression from the others. He misread their actions. ...read more.

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This is how he is different from the rest of the boys, and what causes danger to him eventually. This is ironic. Piggy's nature could unify the community were his advice to be accepted, but it could also cause severe damage due to his appearance and irritating behaviour. Although Piggy has the ability to think and make decisions when needed, he does not follow through the ideas and orders with action, which is one of the reasons that he is not respected and so he is the target when crises arise. For instance, he approves of the building of shelters, but never puts it into action. When the ship has gone when the fire goes out, Piggy's specs are needed. However, with his asthma and unhealthy body, it is too late by the time he reaches the mountain, which again leads to the others unfairly blaming him. Piggy does have sense and a structured mind, but his misunderstanding of the true status of the others and because he is not a naturally appealing or chromatic character, he ironically causes danger to both himself and the community. Alice Lee ...read more.

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