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…
Piggy tries to keep life scientific despite the incident, trying to explain the death. He asserts that the assault on Simon was justifiable because Simon asked for it by inexplicably crawling out of the forest into the ring. "It was an accident... and that's that". Piggy tries to maintain the rules of law and order and challenges Jack when he and Ralph go to Castle Rock to get his glasses back by trying to use the conch to be heard but to no avail as Jack doesn’t recognise its authority any more. Here Roger levers a rock pushing Piggy and the conch over the edge and Piggy is killed. This final brutal act allows Jack to have ultimate power and control, which is what he wanted all the time. Piggy tried to hold on to the conventions of society as he understood what held society together. He often referred to what his auntie said, respecting adult viewpoints and their wisdom but was rejected because the others were not as mature in their thinking than him. He was a victim of his own maturity and shows how a person with farsightedness and insight is often not accepted by the

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