An Analysis of Extraordinary Proportions
“The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. 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. Then the sea breathed again in a long, slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went, sucking back again, the body of Piggy was gone” (Chapter 11, Page 387-small book). Ever since the agreement to appoint Ralph as chief, what little order there was on the island began to fade. Jack in particular aided in seeing through the destruction of law and rules with his own savage desire to hunt and kill. He was off hunting somewhere. Ralph and Simon too experienced a bit of savagery in some aspects. It seemed that Piggy was the only true embodiment of society on the island. What happens when the last vestige of society in washed away to savagery? Through metaphor, personification and a chilling choice of diction, this passage illustrates the last vestige of society being destroyed and washed away in the cruel sea, gone forever.
Piggy was order. Jack is a savage. Unfortunately these two entities cannot co-exist in harmony. They fail. All throughout the book, Piggy has been subjected to derision from just about everyone on the island. Ralph took into pleasure teasing Piggy because it was fun, and frankly, he did really care about what Piggy had to say. He threw Piggy insults. But it just didn’t matter to Ralph. Jack shared a special fierce enmity with Piggy. Piggy ruined fun with his constant whining about the conch, his specs, etc. They would butt heads. Piggy became a bore to everyone. He...
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