Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Lord of the Flies
When wisdom is lost, civilization crumbles and savagery rises. William Golding makes this statement apparent through the character of Piggy in Lord of the Fies. The main idea of the book is fixated on a group of young boys struggling to survive after a plane crash on a deserted island. They must put their independent thinking and logic to the ultimate test, without a proper head of authority to show them right from wrong. Golding portrays Piggy as wisdom and the voice of reason. Once the voice of reason is gone, civilizations ceases to exist.
On arrival of the island, Piggy is identified as the wisdom archetype right off the bat. Piggy wears glasses, and this is a stereotype of an intellectual being. He meets Ralph and
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The boys on the island usually give him grief for his name, calling him “Piggy” when he specifically asked not to be called that. “Better that than fatty” Ralph comments, as if he thinks his feelings are unimportant, and it wasn’t a big deal. But this act of mockery has wounded Piggy psychologically. He didn’t like being called that back in school, and he especially doesn’t like it now. When the conch comes into play, it is respected that he who holds the conch has the right to speak. This rule seemingly does not apply to Piggy. He is often cut off by Jack, as if he wasn’t good enough to hold the crowd’s attention. He was pushed aside. “”I’ve got the conch.” Jack turned fiercely. “You shut up” Piggy wilted.” Piggy, in essence, “wisdom”, is being silenced. Piggy is intimidated by Jack’s presence, and starts to fade away or cease to speak. “Piggy asked no names. He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew’s voice. He shrank to the other side of Ralph and busied himself with his glasses.” With Piggy starting to leave, this shows that wisdom is following him. “I thought they wanted the conch”...“They didn’t take the conch.” “I know. They didn’t come for the conch. They came for something else. Ralph – what am I going to do?” Far off along the bowstav of the beach, three figures trotted toward the castle rock... The chief led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made
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