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Questions on Lord of the Flies. Piggy is clearly a clever boy, but he is also a victim too. How is he important in the novel?

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Questions on Lord of the Flies 2. Piggy is clearly a clever boy, but he is also a victim too. How is he important in the novel? Piggy is, as one might suspect, a fat boy. He is also, more importantly intelligent. He was the first to see the need for a closely watched signal fire and intelligent and for secure shelters on the beach. His peers often dismiss piggy's ideas. His weight and aptly titled nickname; 'Piggy' are of much amusement to the group. They regard him as a comical figure and ignore his relevant insights that would much benefit the group. The group find his admonitions and moans tiresome and chose to ignore Piggy is also insecure and sensitive. Early in the novel he is comical figure, a butt for the unified laughter of the other boys, but he soon exerts a kind of power, an intellectual insight. ...read more.

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Piggy is a fair and democratic boy, who chooses Piggy's treatment by the other boys shows that a society needs a scapegoat. The boys pick on Piggy because he is an obvious victim. By picking on Piggy they are making themselves feel better. The instigator is Jack, who intimidates Piggy bother verbally and occasionally physically. Where in some instances has slapped Piggy, knowing that Piggy will not retaliate and stoop to his level. He mocks Piggy because he sees him as a weak target, when in actual fact is his intellectual better, and to warn off others who may dare to challenge him. Piggy Piggy's treatment by the other boys shows that they are malevolent and cruel. The way they treat piggy shows that bullies pick on the weak to make themselves feel superior. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jack is the instigator. Jack has shown resentment towards Piggy for no particular reason. Perhaps he is jealous of Piggy's intellect, or he envy's his relationship with Ralph. The first instance of any enmity between Jack and piggy is at the groups first meeting. 'You're talking too much' said Jack. 'Shut up, fatty'. Piggy is a thinker, Jack is a doer. An example of jack and Piggy fighting is when Jack and the hunters leave the signal fire to hunt. A ship passes but since no one is up there, they do not get rescued. Ralph calls a meeting and settles the issue. Piggy criticises the hunters, Jack slaps Piggy viciously, breaking one of the lenses of his glasses. Piggy's glasses represent knowledge, the breaking of one the lenses shows violence against intelligence, violence wins. Jack later apologises for not staying with the fire, not for his bullying of Piggy. ...read more.

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