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Lord Of The Flies William Golding. Piggy's Symbolism Goes Beyond That Of His Name. What Other Aspects Of Symbolism Are Linked To Him?

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Piggy is automatically disadvantaged the first time we see him; he is described as "the fat boy" who disturbs the undergrowth. When compared to the "fair boy," he seems the less fortunate of the two; Ralph already seems like an extension of the island, but Piggy keeps getting caught up in the creepers. While he's stumbling around, Ralph is walking about gracefully. Piggy acts very franticly, asking questions to Ralph,, while Ralph is answering calmly and busy being delighted and standing o his head. He tries to make friends with Ralph by asking his name and confiding in him, even though he's a stranger. When Ralph avoids telling Piggy his name, we see Piggy as an outcast, a child that we ...view middle of the document...

He baby-sits them while the others go hunting. He is an outcast who has resorted to making friends with the less popular people because the others don't want him around. Jack and Ralph both tease Piggy, but Jack does it in a way that is bullying, while Ralph does it in a friendly way. Everyone sees Jack as a bully, but only Piggy sees him as worse then that. He never trusts him, even from the start. Piggy seems like the weakest one of the group, but he is the only one, apart from Ralph, who doesn't actually join Jacks tribe. The others biguns join almost immediately, but Piggy stands his ground and refuses to join. His glasses give him "extra vision." When Jack and Ralph try to make a fire, Jack comes up with the idea of using the glasses to produce a flame. The glasses can make fire, which can be destructive if it gets out of hand, but can also be positive, as it helps them get rescued. The fire at the end of the book, which devours the whole island and would have killed them if they had remained, was the very thing that enabled them to be rescued in the first place. Glasses are used in every day life for some people in society and are provided for them, but in times where tribal behaviour prevails, there are no such places to get them from. The glasses are a symbol of civilisation, and that civilisation aids Piggy in seeing the truth about the island; that it is not as perfect as it first seems- Piggy keeps them on because he is still clinging on to an aspect of civilisation, because that is the only place that can hep him and protect him from murderous bullies like Jack and Roger.The conch symbolises law and order and, like the glasses, are almost like the property of Piggy. He's the one who found the conch and taught Ralph how to use it. Piggy is a big fan of civilisation, therefore likes the conch. The main reason for liking the conch is because, with the conch, people have to listen as it is the "law." People used to have to listen and be nice to him before, and with the conch, they have to let him talk. The conch is...

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