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Piggy Character Analysis - Lord of the Flies

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In every piece of literature there is always one character that stands out to me. Coincidentally, the characters I usually choose to admire are the weak, unpopular, failure types. In the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding the character that stood out to me most was Piggy. He was the boy whose real name was never mentioned, but his real name wouldn’t be as symbolic as the nickname he had throughout the book. Throughout the earlier chapters I pictured Piggy as the run of the mill loser that wasn’t cool enough to share snacks with in school even if he had the tastiest ones. Piggy is a very obedient character that always followed his auntie’s rules. He was different and he accepted that fact on the outside, but in the inside he was quite jealous of Ralph’s capabilities to do things that he couldn’t. “The fat boy stood by him, breathing hard” [Golding 9] This quotation proves that Piggy stood near Ralph trying to catch his breath because of his “ass-mar” and obviously because his physical state wasn’t as exercised as others. He begins to explain asthma to Ralph, “that’s right. Can’t catch my breath. I was the only boy in our school what had asthma, and I’ve been wearing specs since I was three.” [Golding 9] Piggy is clearly the perfect example of an outcast. “I don’t care what they call me, so long as they don’t call me what they used to call me at school… Piggy” [Golding 9] As soon as he tells Ralph that he doesn’t want to be called Piggy, of course Ralph is suddenly inconsiderate of Piggy’s feelings and begins to call him by the nickname he dislikes.

Piggy gets along with certain characters and the lack of chemistry him and other characters have, foreshadow things that happen in the future. His interactions with Jack and Roger end up costing Piggy his life. In the earlier chapters when the boys try to gather a group to go exploring around the mountain and the first person vs. person conflict is brought to action. “You’re no good on a job like...