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To What Extent Is Piggy The Tragic Hero Of The Story?

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To What Extent Is Piggy The Tragic Hero Of The Story? The aim of this essay is to answer a crucial question: was Piggy the tragic hero of the story? This question has many different points of view because there are arguments to support that it was Piggy, or Ralph, or Simon and there are also good arguments to support that Jack and Roger were the tragic heroes. There is a wide variety of opinions about who the tragic hero of "Lord of the Flies" is. The purpose of this essay is to analyse all the possible arguments of the hero and then decide. There are three main characters who classify as tragic heroes: Ralph, Piggy and Simon. The first thing to be said about the topic under consideration is that Piggy was always the voice of reason and it is unfortunate that he is inarticulate and that he has glasses. He always stands for what is right so the boys never take him seriously, because of this, everyone dislikes him except Simon and Ralph. He tries very hard to cling to civilization, and tries his best to keep peace. While probably the smartest boy on the island, he lacks any social skills whatsoever, and has trouble communicating or fitting in with the others. His glasses are a very important part of the book, as they are used over and over to start fires. ...read more.

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He is very good and pure, and has the most positive outlook. He insist multiple times that they will get rescued, even when Ralph is strongly doubting the possibility. Simon often travels into his tranquil spot in the jungle, but also tries to help out when it is needed. He meets up with a pig's head skewered on a stick, which becomes known as the "Lord of the Flies". He encounters the pig's head and they start taking although it his in Simon's imagination. The Lord of the Flies says "I'm part of you...We're going to have fun on this island." It continues to say that if Simon tries to talk to the others about the Beast, that he will be killed by everyone, including Ralph and Piggy. Simon staggers towards the beach to tell the others about his ordeal. The other boys start their dance but are distracted by a figure emerging from the jungle (which is Simon). They call out that "it's the Beast!" and begin to attack it relentlessly. The beaten and dead body of Simon is then carried out to the sea by the current. Simon tries to tell everyone about his conversation and is killed, he tries to save the other boys from the pig's prophecy and is killed. This is why he could also be the tragic hero of the novel. ...read more.

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The Lord of the Flies says "I'm part of you...We're going to have fun on this island." It continues to say that if Simon tries to talk to the others about the Beast, that he will be killed by everyone, including Ralph and Piggy. Simon staggers towards the beach to tell the others about his ordeal. The other boys start their dance but are distracted by a figure emerging from the jungle (which is Simon). They call out that "it's the Beast!" and begin to attack it relentlessly. The beaten and dead body of Simon is then carried out to the sea by the current. Simon tries to tell everyone about his conversation and is killed, he tries to save the other boys from the pig's prophecy and is killed. However Piggy is a much more principal character an although Simon is a hero in my opinion Piggy id the tragic hero. To conclude it only remains to add that Ralph, Piggy and Simon are all of them important characters of the novel "The Lord of the Flies" and are all great heroes. However because Ralph wanted to give up and Simon wasn't very important as Piggy in the book I consider Piggy is the tragic hero of the book. The fact that he is teased all through the novel, the fact that he fights for what is right and the fact that he is killed at the end definitely means that he is the tragic hero. ...read more.

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