Compare the Ways That Piggy and Simon Try to Prevent the Boys in the Lord of the Flies Descending Into Savagery Essay

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English Essay Compare the ways in which Piggy and Simon attempt to prevent the boys from descending into savagery. Throughout the novel, the lord of the flies, you can clearly see the way in which the author, William Golding, differentiates the characters to show us as the readers their purpose in the novel. For piggy, he symbolises rational thinking. At the time the novel was written most power was still in the hands of the middle and upper classes. "Piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, which did not matter, but by fat, and ass-mar, and specs, and a certain disinclination to manual labour." (chapter page ) his physical appearance and obvious weaknesses sets him apart from the other boys and for this reason is victimised by Jack. These traits prevent Piggy from being the leader even though he was the most intelligent on the island. Ralph says, ‘Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains’ (chapter page ) and as Ralph discovers the shell on the beach it was piggy who knew what it was and piggy who suggested what to do with it. From the beginning of the novel, piggy has a connection with the conch, it symbolises civilisation as the boys used it to maintain order in the meetings. Piggy clung onto the comfort of the conch. When Jack separated from Ralph’s leadership and formed his own tribe, piggy still prolonged faith in the conch and its significance of power and the right to be heard, however piggy and the conch both fall governing in the death of them thus symbolizing the death of intelligence and the right of authority, leaving Jack in complete control. The conch allowed piggy the right to be heard which he was not usually able to do. This shows that piggy tries to prevent the boys descending into savagery with his intelligence and he is very vocal, perhaps aggravating the other boys, especially Jack, ‘you’re talking too much, shut up Fatty.’

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