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Piggy is clearly a clever boy, but he is a victim to.How does the writer use him in the novel?

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Piggy is clearly a clever boy, but he is a victim to. How does the writer use him in the novel? Golding uses Piggy as a symbol of intelligence and a link back to civilisation. When the reader is first introduced to Piggy he is described as "the fat boy" in contrast to Ralph, who is describes as the fair boy, making Piggy seem inadequate to Ralph, and consequently a likely victim. Piggy is the most physically vulnerable of the boys because he is overweight and he also has asthma as well as his "specs." William Golding uses Piggy as a replacement for an adult on the island. At the start of the book, he repeatedly quotes his aunty "My auntie told me not to run" which gives a feminine voice and a grown ups voice to the boys. However as the rules of civilisation fall away from the boys, even Piggy, he no longer mentions his aunty, so all the rest of the boys lose their voice from the adult world (which is conveyed via Ralph) ...read more.


I think that Golding added in the fact that Piggy was a victim especially as another moral. As Golding was a school teacher, he witnessed how mean children can be; I believe he wanted children to read his novel and feel sorry for Piggy so as they know how it is to be bullied in order to stop them from bullying. When the reader first hears of Piggy, he immediately expresses to Ralph that "They used to call me 'Piggy'." Ralph then shrieks with laughter and makes fun of Piggy's nickname, "Piggy! Piggy!" Ralph goes on and on with giving Piggy a bad time, just as kids normally would. At first this is entertaining for the reader, but as the novel continues, we began to feel sympathy for Piggy and anger towards those who bully him, as does Ralph. This also creates another bond between the reader and Ralph, because we feel guilty together with Ralph, for originally mocking Piggy. ...read more.


I wasn't allowed. My asthma'...'Sucks to your ass-mar!' " Ralph could easily tell that Piggy was lying. Near the end of the book Jack separated from Ralph and Piggy, and as Piggy is the symbol of civilisation, he completely severed his ties with the old world. Golding uses Piggy to show how the other boys detach from society, as they distance themselves from Piggy more and more. Jack and his "tribe" go back to Ralph's end of the island to steal fire, when there is only Ralph, Piggy and Samneric left. They steal Piggy's glasses, but Piggy thought they were coming to steal the conch, because he is still firmly stuck in the reality of civilisation, and the conch represents the rules. "I thought they were coming for the conch". When Piggy finally died, "the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." As the conch and Piggy are the main two symbols of democracy and the civilised world they used to live in, when they are gone the boys lose all of their roots back home. This is why Jack and his tribe hunt Ralph at the end; they are savages, not boys anymore. ...read more.

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