Lord of the Flies Hero Essay

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A monster lurks in the forest; boys are fighting for power; and a war breaks out on a once-peaceful island. In this kind of situation, a hero is needed to calm things down. Heroes are normally perceived as many things: astonishingly smart, stupidly brave, or even with superhuman powers. But a true hero does not measure up to be the perfect being, but he is sometimes just another face in the crowd, such as Piggy, from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Piggy, although very underrated, stands a strong and tall hero because of his smarts and ability to stay calm, his kindness and respect, and his very discreet bravery. Piggy proved how smart he was at the beginning of the book, and from there, only continued to convince the reader of his cleverness. In the very beginning of Lord of the Flies, when he first met the book’s main protagonist of the story, Ralph, he not only figured out what the conch was and how to use it, but also realized how to put it to good use, (by using it to call a meeting) all in the matter of a few moments. Even Ralph, who kept trying to shake Piggy off, who seemed to not like Piggy, admitted to the fact that Piggy had wits as well. “Not like Piggy…he could go step by step in that fat head of his…but Piggy….had brains.” Ralph thought (Golding 78). This thought is proven time and time again when Ralph has Piggy “think” for him. Piggy also knows what to do in a crisis. Near the end of the book, when everything was in chaos, he provided the safe, logical thing to do, such as relighting the fire so that they could get rescued, or confronting Jack in a calm, diplomatic way. Over and over throughout the novel, Piggy has proved his smartness, from the beginning of the book, all the way to his untimely end. Piggy also shows mounts of kindness and respect throughout the book, from softening his voice when speaking to the little’uns to staying with Ralph until the very end. When there was an assembly, near the beginning of the book, a little boy...
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