They Used to Call Me Piggy

796 Words Feb 17th, 2018 3 Pages
This is the central theme in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, humanity vs. savagery. Piggy, the insightful, yet outcasted and ostracized boy in the novel, is also the most physically vulnerable. Piggy’s intellectual insight leads to innovation, and it is Piggy who keeps Ralph balanced. Piggy’s voice of reason and reassurance keeps Ralph from giving up on his civilized ways. Piggy ultimately saves Ralph from falling victim to the savage ways of Jack and the others.
From the start, Piggy, though the outcast, is considerably the most realistic one on the island. Piggy is the boy whose real name is never mentioned; however, his real name is not as symbolic as the nickname--Piggy-- that he has been given. Clearly, the name describes his character’s physical stature, and the boys judge him accordingly. Immediately, the boys write him off as the “fat kid” who is a burden to their circumstance. Despite his identity given from his appearance, he is the most realistic one on the island. Piggy’s propensity to speak and think like a mature and realistic being is indicated when he suggests that, “Nobody knows where we are...Perhaps they knew where we was going to; and perhaps not. But they don’t know where we are ‘cos we never got there” (Golding 34). Piggy is realistic in his realization that they may never get off the island because nobody knows…
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