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My character study on Piggy.

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My character study on PIGGY I decided to write my character study on Piggy because I thought that he would be the most interesting character to investigate. In Lord of the Flies, Piggy was described as short and fat. 'He was shorter... and very fat' (pg 7), he also wore glasses which he had been wearing since he was three and had had asthma, which he seemed quite proud of. "I was the only boy in our school what had asthma", said the fat boy with a touch of pride. (pg 9) This also meant that he could not do any physical work on the island. Golding's descriptions of Piggy were sometimes cruel such as 'bag of fat'. Piggy was probably closest in age to Ralph and was named a 'big'un'. Piggy's real name was never known and he made no effort to tell people it. Before arriving on the island Piggy lived with his auntie in a sweetshop because his dad had died, though we never found out what happened to his mum. "My dad's dead, and my mum -" (pg 14) ...read more.


Some of the characters didn't even give him a chance and he was separated from them. On the boys' first expedition, Jack said to piggy: "We don't want you" (pg 26) He often watched the other boys actions and learned from them. When the other boys showed hatred, Piggy didn't, as he had no reason to. I think this was because Piggy was trying to be liked by everyone and thought that if he liked them, they would like him. Although he was an outcast, he didn't lack self confidence in speaking to the others even when Jack put him down. "A fat lot you tried, you just sat there" (pg 46). Piggy gained this self-confidence as he was wisest and he had more knowledge than the other boys, and he knew it. When the rules were set, Piggy respected them and not many of the other boys did, apart from Ralph. Even though at the beginning of the book Ralph laughed at him and put him down, he had respect for Piggy and stuck up for him. "Jack, Jack, you haven't got the conch, let him speak." ...read more.


"I got the conch ain't I Ralph" (pg 49) This suggests that he could have been brought up in a working class family, perhaps in London, because in that area they use words like 'ain't' and 'an'. "An that's not all. Them kids. The little 'uns. Who took notice of 'em?" (pg 50) I think that Piggy will become more unpopular with Jack, and Ralph will become friendlier with him. I also think that the boys will become more like animals and will break the rules; also Ralph and Piggy will try to restore the rules, but fail. I also think that the boys will split into two groups, Ralph and Piggy on one side and Jack and his hunters on the other. I find the way Piggy was used for his glasses interesting and that whenever he seemed nervous or embarrassed he always took his glasses off and cleaned them, 'he went very pink, bowed his head and cleaned his glasses again' (pg 23) I also find the fact that he didn't do much on the island amusing. It seems difficult to understand how Piggy had so much self-confidence even though he was disliked. If that was me I would huddle up in a corner and not speak! ...read more.

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