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Which of the two do you think behaves more sensibly on the island on the island, Piggy or Simon? Consider.

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Q.2. Which of the two do you think behaves more sensibly on the island on the island, Piggy or Simon? Consider. 1) Their response to being on the island. 2) What they have to say. 3) Their relationships with other boys. 4) The events of the novel. Both Piggy and Simon have a mature approach to dealing with the environment around them. Piggy has the adult-like qualities and acts sensibly by offering his wisdom and common sense. Simon has a prophetic-like temperament and seems to be in harmony with the nature around him `...gauly butterflies danced round each other.' Piggy's maturity is first shown in his introduction to the novel, where he explains `My auntie told me not to run...on account of my asthma.' He has been brought up to as a sensible child and compared to the other boys he is more level headed. ...read more.

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The relationship between Piggy and the other boys seems hostile, after Jack started calling him 'Fatty'. `Piggy's glasses were misted again-this time with humiliation.' Although he is seen as sensible and mature, which Ralph and Simon think is respectable, the other boys find the point of staying on the island is to get away from the authority that they used to have. This is why Piggy seems so unpopular at the beginning in comparison to Simon, who remained silent and watching the others around him. Both Piggy and Simon are Ralph's advisors and help him when he falls apart as chief. Simon is always willing to go along with anybody's plans and Piggy, restricted by his asthma still continues to work hard. Jack is the main threat to Piggy, Simon and Ralph and as they are sensible, their views are often dismissed. ...read more.

Conclusion

Simon is sensible, as he knows that if he tells the boys his message, then he can free them from their fear. Simon's death is gentler and delicate than Piggy's abrupt ending, when `the rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee' and at the same time `the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.' Unlike Piggy's death, Golding uses the beauty of nature to send the prophet-like Simon into an almost heavenly life after his death. `...the broken body...' `his cheek silvered...his shoulder sculptured marble.' The deaths of two mature and sensible characters in the novel seems ironic as Piggy and Simon both seem to have the most wisdom and knowledge than the others, but their lives come to a close. Both Piggy and Simon are equally sensible and display an air of maturity whilst on the island, but show their maturity differently. SASHA PAYAGALA ...read more.

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