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Piggy's Character Traits - Lord of the Flies

The characteristics of Piggy, who represents intellect and the scientific part of civilization, throughout the novel, The Lord of the Flies.

Brianne Morris

on 16 November 2012

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Transcript of Piggy's Character Traits - Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies Piggy's Character Traits [cont'd] About Piggy voice of reason and the mastermind behind many innovations Piggy is loyal and intelligent, always standing behind Ralph and his belief in creating a civilized community on the island 'I don't care what they call me... so long as they don't call me what they used to call me at school.'
'What was that?'
'They used to call me "Piggy".' 'Piggy asked no names. He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice.'
[pg. 17] Chapter One Piggy is very cowardly in the presence of someone in charge 'Once more that evening Ralph had to adjust his values. 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.'
[pg. 83] Chapter Five he doesn't like Jack, but he acknowledges that Jack is a leader Chapter Nine intellectually superior physically inferior social outcast cowardly (lacks confidence) voice of reason Ralph recognizes that Piggy thinks differently, and more productively, than himself Piggy helps Ralph realize that the group is extremely disorganized and needs improvement Piggy is singled out as one of the few boys on the island with distinguished intelligence ... small About Piggy "'We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us-'"
- Piggy
[pg. 12] Illustration by Victoria Mietus he clearly has a deep respect for authority 'None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack.'
[pg. 18] Illustraion by Victoria Mietus ‘Piggy was so full of delight and expanding liberty in Jack’s departure, so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society…’
[pg. 142] Chapter Eight Piggy is very civilized and strives for order with Jack absent, Piggy feels like he can finally contribute without being judged Piggy doesn't mind offering his assistance, and takes pride in helping the common good Piggy drew up his legs.
"You all right, Piggy?"
"I thought they wanted the conch."
[pg. 186] Illustration by Victoria Mietus ‘Immediately, Ralph and the crowd of boys were united and relieved by a storm of laughter. Piggy once more was the centre of social derision so that everyone felt cheerful and normal.’
[pg. 165] Piggy was essential to be around as an outlet for the boys Piggy's presence allowed the boys to act unjustly despite what they're doing is cruel, it creates a sense of harmony Piggy touched Ralph’s wrist. “Come away. There’s going to be trouble. And we’ve had our meat.”
[pg. 167] Illustration by Victoria Mietus The boys began to babble. Only Piggy could have the intellectual daring to suggest moving the fire from the mountain.
[pg. 142] Illustration by Victoria Mietus “We can light it every morning,” said Piggy. “Nobody ain’t going to see smoke in the dark.”
[pg. 181] Chapter Ten Piggy is very sensible and he never hesitates to suggest alternatives Piggy is one of the only character brave enough to suggest radical change Piggy is esssentially the backbone of the group, as he is constantly standing behind Ralph and giving him advice Piggy was everywhere, was on his neck, was become terrible in darkness and death.
[pg. 211] Illustration by Victoria Mietus What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly for debate, nor dignity of the conch.
[pg. 218] Chapter Twelve after Piggy's death, Ralph realizes how vital Piggy was to the survival of the island he also realizes how much he relied on Piggy for help and advice without Piggy, hope was lost because there was no one left to talk sense and Ralph had no one to back him up Thank You! By Brianne Morris, Victoria Mietus & Shania Rahmani BONUS GAME & Shania The Symbolism of Piggy Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it had been killed.
[pg. 201] 2. The boys brutally slaughter the pig, just as they savagely murdered Piggy. 1. The pig's are hunted by Jack's tribe which may have foreshadowed the hunters' eventual 'hunting' of Piggy. 3. Piggy's physical appearance - chubby, round, pink, slow - is similar to that of a pig. [cont'd] The Symbolism of Piggy the boys of the island constantly change- not only in appearance, but in ideals and values Piggy's appearance does not seem to change throughout the course of the novel and it represents how grounded his beliefs are Piggy's Death as a Tragedy 1. 'Though chance may have some influence on events, it is still the decision of individuals which cause the catastrophe.' 2. 'The action in a tragedy takes the form of conflict between two groups.' 3. 'The loss of innocence.' 4. 'Man who suffers or dies for some cause.' Piggy's Archetypal Role The Wise Man - Piggy is Ralph's advisor and the one who stands for order and reason. The Victim or Scapegoat - Piggy is physically weak and defenseless but he is a strong willed and courageous individual.
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