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...