Lord Of The Flies Essay

1421 words - 6 pages

Every person has that one person, that when they first meet they can not stand.

But after a while they become acquaintances, then friends and finally best friends. In William Golding

Lord of the Flies Ralph and Piggy have this type of friendship. Ralph is a very tall, strong and a good

mentor for the boys on the island. Where as Piggy is always getting bullied for being obese, having

glasses and having asthma which are major setback compared to the other boys. The first couples

months Ralph and Piggy do not get along, because Piggy is considered a burden. Over the course of

the years the both realize the other boy strengths and weaknesses. With this being established Ralph

and Piggy start helping each other out and become great friends. One of the lessons in the novel is do

not judge a persons abilities by what they look like. Ralph and Piggy's relationship changes drastically

over the course of their time on the island

In the beginning of the novel a plane crashes on the island. Ralph and Piggy meet two days after

the plane crashes on the island. While Ralph and Piggy are getting to know each other, Piggy tells

Ralph his first name but makes Ralph promise him one thing “'so long as you don't tell the others'”

(Golding 6). But when Jack starts calling him, Fatty, Ralph tells them “'He's not Fatty' Ralph cried ' his

real names Piggy'” (Golding 17). This hurts Piggy alot because he thought he could trust Ralph with

his secret and keep it from the other boys.

On the island Ralph is elected chief of the boys. One of the first things Ralph does as chief is

have the boys create a fire on the top of the mountain to set up a smoke signal. Ralph and Piggy have

the same main priority and that is to get rescued. A ship passes by when Jack left the fire unattended.

Ralph and Piggy to yell at Jack once he is back from hunting. Ralph tries to keep his voice calm while

telling Jack “' There was a ship out there. You said you'd keep the fire going and you let it out!'”

(Golding 74). Where as Piggy lets out all his anger and rage from being stuck on the island “' You and

your blood Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home -- '” (Golding 74). This

brings Ralph and Piggy together because they are fighting for the same cause

After a failed attempt at rescue Ralph and Piggy become closer. With having the responsibility

of being chief for so long, Ralph has become wiser. This new wiser Ralph realizes that Piggy has

something he does not. Ralph comes to realization that “Piggy could think. He could go step by step

inside that fat head of his, only Piggy was no chief. But Piggy for all his ludicrous body, had brains”

(Golding 83). From this point on Ralph realizes to be the best chief he can be he needs Piggy at his

side.These very few moments caused Ralph and Piggy to go from two strangers and become two

acquaintances on the...

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