An Analysis of Piggy and Jack's Temperament from Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies , Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Ms. Simmons
22 December, 2005

An Analysis of Piggy and Jack's Temperament from Lord of the Flies In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding created an island, which represented a microcosm of the world. The characters in the book had unique and different personalities to simulate the real world. Every kid on the island was different. Each character fell under the artisan, rational, idealist, or guardian temperament. The characters' personalities helped determine their temperament. Two specific characters were Jack and Piggy. Piggy exhibits aspects of the artisan temperament, whereas Jack exhibits aspects of the rational temperament.

Piggy was the one boy in the novel who has all the knowledge. Despite his asthma and obese problem, Piggy never failed to contribute his cerebral and intelligent ideas. He came up with all the ideas on how to survive and tried to keep the group organized and civilized. The glasses of Piggy symbolized his knowledge and smartness.

Out of the four temperaments, Piggy would be an artisan. Artisans require creativity and they must be informative. They don't like giving orders but would rather inform on the groups current conditions. They suggest useful information to groups and try to make the best of things (Keirsey n.pag). In the beginning of the novel, Piggy suggested that Ralph blow into the conch because he couldn't blow it himself due to his asthma. "We can use this to call the others. We could have a meeting"(Golding 16). Piggy had already shown his knowledge by instructing Ralph to blow into the conch at a certain spot to make a trumpet noise. Moreover, Piggy represented Ralph's advisor. Back in the medieval times, kings had advisors to help aid them on how to rule. Piggy helped Ralph keep the group of boys under control. Piggy told the boys that they had better shape up because they would be stuck on the island for awhile(Golding). Another one of Piggy's discerning ideas was to...
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