The Importance of Piggy in Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Piggy is a key character in the novel not only because he is important
in showing the emotions of the boy's through the hate that he
generates but also because of the underlying symbolism that is so
closely related to him.
Piggy's "specks" are used to show the state of the boy's society. At
the start of the novel Piggy's glasses are intact this shows us that
the boys are still clinging on to the thoughts and morals as they had
in their homes in the past. But later in the novel Piggy's glasses bet
cracked this is symbolic for the cracks that are appearing in the
society of the boys on the island, as they are becoming more savage.
The fact that Piggy wears glasses is ironic. Piggy is the only one on
the island who wears glasses; this is ironic as he is one of the only
people who have the clear sightedness to see the fall from normal
society to the savage depths that the boys reach. As their stay on the
island evolves it becomes clear that piggy is clear sighted with
things to do with the boy's changing attitude.
Piggy uses the conch and society as a shield for his insecurity and
his lack of proficiency at all physical activities "Piggy was a bore,
his fat, his ass-mar and his matter-of-fact ideas were dull. Piggy is
always seen to act with a sense of authority and caring towards the
conch within the meetings telling people that "When you done laughing
perhaps we can get on with this meeting". His false sense of security
is shown by his keeping hold of the conch throughout most of the
meetings and always saying "I got the conch" "They ought to shut up
shouldn't they" and being a sort of translator for the "littl'uns".
This shows us that piggy...