The Unsung Hero: Lord of the Flies

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The Unsung Hero

In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding writes how a plane, full of boys from England, crashes on an uncharted island and are hoping to find a way home. Golding presents many themes pertaining to the individual lives of certain boys. Golding portrays a fat boy named Piggy who is picked on, but yet is the most intelligent one out of all the boys. On the island, the boys are faced with many hardships and decisions to make; Piggy always seems to come up with logical solutions to these difficulties. But, due to his abnormalities, such as asthma, Piggy acts as the outcast and the boys never listen to anything he has to say. Through Piggy, Golding teaches humans to listen to those who resemble the sophistication of society and whose comments are considered the voice of reason, or else society will break down and become uncivilized.

Piggy is the only one out of the boys that can think rationally and focus on the main goal which is to keep the fire going and get rescued. During the fight between Jack and Ralph towards the end of the book, Piggy senses that Ralph is getting carried away and warns him to stay on task saying “Ralph—remember what we came for, the fire, my specs” (177). By saying this it shows that even when everyone else has turned savage, Piggy can still think clearly and keep to the task that is at hand. Also, by saying this, Ralph realizes that they are acting like children when their predicament is a very serious one, they need to get rescued and keep the fire going, so there is no time for fighting. Because of Piggy keeping Ralph on task, Ralph is able to take in the seriousness of the situation and think rationally “He relaxed his fighting muscles, stood easily and grounded the butt of his spear” (177). If Piggy did not remind Ralph why they came to Jack, then Jack and Ralphs brawl would have continued escalating and end with either Jack or Ralph dying.

As well as being the only one that can think...
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