Piggy's Specs: Character Analysis

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Kristen Curley
Period 2
December 13, 2015

Piggy’s Specs

In the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Ralph and Piggy are the first boys to arrive on the island. Piggy’s appearance allows people to treat him as a lesser human being than others. For example, when Piggy met Ralph he asked what his name was, but Ralph did not return the question, as if he d not even care. Finally Piggy said that he does not want to be called Piggy, because that is what the kids use to call him at school. Ralph nearly died laughing when he heard this. Piggy made Ralph promise not to tell the other boys. Later on, disregarding Piggy’s feelings, Ralph told all the boys his nickname. They had the same exact reaction as Ralph did, as Piggy’s face turned
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For example hunting, building shelter, or tending to the fire. At this point in the novel Jack and his cronies were in charge of keeping the fire going. Jack was so caught up in wanting to kill a pig that he left the fire, and let it burn out. Piggy and Ralph were down on the beach, and they saw a ship sailing along the horizon. They were thrilled, then they looked over towards the fire, only to see that there wasn’t one. Jack and his hunters had let the fire go out, just so they could go kill a pig. They had missed their chance of being rescued, and Ralph was livid. Jack and the hunters came running down to the beach, and they were ecstatic that they finally killed a pig, and they did not even realize that they blew their chance of being rescued. Ralph yelled at Jack, but Jack was so excited that he barely acknowledged Ralph. Then Piggy said something, along the same lines of what Ralph had said. “‘You didn’t ought to have let that fire out. You said you’d keep the smoke going-“/ This from Piggy, and the wails of agreement from some of the hunters, drove Jack to violence. The bolting look came into his blue eyes. He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach. Piggy sat down with a grunt. Jack stood over him. His voice was vicious with humiliation./ ‘You would, would you? Fatty!’/ Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks. Piggy …show more content…
“The chief led them, trotting steadily exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses” (199). Jack decided to steal Piggy’s specs so he could make another fire, and so he could have control over the ability to make fire. In the boys eyes, Piggy was quite a useless individual. Now without his glasses, he had nothing going for him. He was basically useless, and all he was to the boys was just an annoyance. Apparently he was so annoying and useless that the boys had the urge to kill him, so they did. Roger sent a huge rock tumbling down the mountain towards Piggy. “Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went. The rock bounded twice and was lost in the forest. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it has been killed” (215). After Piggy is killed, Ralph is all alone. He has no one on his side anymore, everyone followed Jack because he was all powerful, partly because he has possession of Piggy’s specs. Ralph went and hid from everyone because he was afraid of what Jack would do to him. He hid in a thicket, and Jack and his cronies tried every way to get Ralph to

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