Piggy In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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In Lord of the Flies, each character portrays a different theme. Order starts to fall away and the boys start to become wild. There is only one character who maintains order and has the knowledge of civilization and that is Piggy. He is the closest thing they have to an adult on the island, defending the conch and insisting on rule and order. He is considered a fool and made fun of by all the other boys because he sees things that are not physical, since he has trouble seeing things physically, which is why he has to wear specs according to (http://lordoftheflies.org.img/analy.htm). Piggy’s specs represent clear-sightedness and civilization which is why he is the theme of civilization and humanity according to (http://wdb.sad17.k12.me.us/teachers/bburns/com.documents/literature/lof/characters.html).…show more content…
He may know what to do with the conch, but he is too physically weak to do it. This shows from the beginning that Piggy has intelligence. When the boys are in a hurry to make a fire, Piggy is the one who knew they should build huts first before making the signal fire. In the book Piggy says, “The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach. It wasn’t half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says ‘fire’ you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain. Like a pack of kids! How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?” (William Golding, 45). He knows that shelter is the most important thing on the island, but no one else seems to agree. This is one of the first signs of order starting to fall out while Piggy is the only one who is trying to maintain it. Also when Piggy tries to talk at meetings, no one wants to listen to him, even when he is holding the conch. This foreshadows today’s society of the few people trying to enforce order, while the rest of civilization disobeys the rules that are set
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