Piggy Is Clearly a Clever Boy, but He Is a Victim Too. How Does the Writer Use Him in the Novel?

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Piggy is clearly a clever boy, but he is a victim too. How does the writer use him in the novel? Piggy from the start of the novel is portrayed as someone the boys can bully and ridicule which makes him a victim. He confides in Ralph that he is sensitive about his appearance (he is overweight) and the fact he has to wear glasses. I don't care what [you] call me so long as . . . [it's not] what they used to call me in school . . . They used to call me Piggy!'"Ralph finds this funny and straightaway betrays his confidence . Yet it is not long before Piggy proves his worth and intelligence when he spots a conch shell lying in the lagoon and suggests Ralph uses it to call all the boys together. He cant use it because of his asthma . He…show more content…
He scornfully sees the other boys "Acting like a crowd of kids". Later on , Piggy has the idea of creating a sundial to keep track of time. Piggy strives to maintain a hold on the old world they came from and retain a semblance of law and order in their ever increasing chaotic lives. At this point events are interrupted as Jack has let the fire go out and a ship was passing. Piggy supports Ralph in telling Jack off for his negligence and Jack hits Piggy in the face smashing one of the lenses of his glasses, making it difficult for Piggy to see clearly. This seems to cement the relationship between Ralph and Piggy and leads to Piggy becoming a threat and a person to hate for Jack. He refuses to share the meat from the pig with Piggy , who is finally given some by Simon. From this point on Piggy is now firmly in Jack’s sights to be punished and bullied. He is always telling him to shut up. The division between Ralph and Jack widens as he is concerned only with hunting. Piggy is now dependant on Ralph as he cant see properly but similarly Ralph is becoming dependant on Piggy for support as law and order is breaking down and Jack leaves the group to set up his rival tribe taking with him by intimidation the choir and leaving Ralph and Piggy to care for the littleuns. Piggy being the most mature of the boys , asserts that "Life . . . is scientific." Ever the

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