Character Sketch On Piggy From Lord Of The Flies

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In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Piggy can be classified as both envious and persistent. The reader can first see his envious side when Piggy first meets Ralph. Their airplane had just crashed on the hot and sticky island and Ralph takes his clothes off.He wiped his glasses and adjusted them on his button nose. The frame had made a deep, pink "V" on the bridge. He looked critically at Ralph's golded body and then down at his own clothes (Golding 11).Even though it doesn't say that Piggy was envious of Ralph's thin body, it is implied because of the word usage and the author describes him as short, fat, and having asthma. Another instance that shows how envious Piggy is of Ralph is when Ralph is swimming in the lagoon. The boys weren't used to the extreme heat so Ralph decides to take a swim. Piggy has asthma so he can not even swim. "Piggy appeared again, sat on the rock ledge and watched Ralph's green and white body enviously" ...view middle of the document...

Piggy really wants to come:"I'll come."Ralph turned to him."You're no good on a job like this.""All the same--""We don't want you," said Jack, flatly. "Three's enough."Piggy's glasses flashed."I was with him when he found the conch. I was with him before anyone else was."Jack and the others paid no attention. There was a general dispersal. Ralph, Jack, and Simon jumped off the platform and walked along the sand past the bathing pool. Piggy hung bumbling behind them (Golding 24).This shows the persistence that Piggy can have at times. It also shows that Piggy does not like to argue with Jack and is definitely intimidated by him. This all ties back to Piggy being envious of Ralph because if he wasn't short and fat then he might be accepted and not stereotyped. Piggy has to fight for himself on a regular basis because no one likes to take the fat kid seriously. This is why he has to be so persistent at times. If he makes a good point then the kids quiet down and actually listen to what he has to say. The last instance that Piggy shows his persistence is when the kids are all on top of the mountain and they light a fire.Daring, indignant, Piggy took the conch."That's what I said! I said about our meetings and things and you said shut up--"His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination. They stirred and began to shout him down."You said you wanted a small fire and you been and built a pile like a hayrick. If I say anything," cried Piggy, with bitter realism, "you say shut up; but if Jack or Maurice or Simon--" (Golding 43).Even though Jack tells Piggy to shut up, Piggy keeps on talking. This shows just how persistent and angry he is at the time. He keeps on yelling and not paying any attention to anyone telling him to shut up. Finally everyone realizes that he's right and that they should start caring about whether they are going to be rescued or just stay on the island until the day they die. Piggy is put into the categories of envious and persistent but he should not be envious of someone else. Of all the children on the island, he should be proud of himself. His persistence is the key to his success as someone who helps conduct the meetings. He brings everyone to a bitter realization of the truth.

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