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Character Profile - Piggy


Sara Barbadoro

on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of Character Profile - Piggy

In the beginning of the novel Lord of the Flies, Piggy is very intelligent, and offers ideas and suggestions to Ralph and the other boys.
However, even at the beginning, he is discriminated against for being different and for having a different way of thinking. Piggy Character Profile Near the end of this novel, Piggy is murdered when Roger pushes a boulder off of a ledge and it knocks Piggy off the cliff to his death.
At the time of his death, Piggy, Ralph, and the twins were confronting Jack's tribe to try and get Piggy's glasses back, which were stolen earlier in the novel. A fight broke out and Piggy was killed.
Though Piggy's death occurred rather quickly, just before he died he was probably feeling fear and he was angry at Jack and the rest of Jack's tribe for stealing his glasses. Piggy's personality barely changes as the novel wears on. Throughout the novel he was offering his ideas to the rest of the boys, but the boys wouldn't listen or take him seriously. The one significant change we do see in Piggy is that he does gain quite a bit of confidence. Towards the end of the novel, he was able to stand up to Jack and the Savages, even though it resulted in his tragic death. '"I can't swim. I wasn't allowed. My asthma-"'
(Golding 8) Piggy's asthma is one of the reasons he was discriminated against, and gave the other boys an advantage over him.
His weight was another reason that he was discriminated against. "He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat." (Golding 1) In the beginning... As time wears on... '"You're talking too much," said Jack Merridew. "Shut up , Fatty."' (Golding 17) In the end... The quote above shows that Piggy is made fun of and is not taken seriously.The quote below shows how in the end he is able to stand up to Jack and the others. '"I got the conch." He shouted. "I tell you, I got the conch!"' (Golding 199) 'The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went. The rock bounded twice and was lost in the forest. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it has been killed. Then the sea breathed again in a long slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went, sucking back again, the body of Piggy was gone.' (Golding 200-201) The above quote describes Piggy's death. The below quote suggests how Piggy may have been feeling just before he died. 'Piggy shouted again. "Which is better - to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?"'
(Golding 200) THE END Presentation by: Joseph Spoor, Trevor Soos, and Sara Barbadoro
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