GCSE ENGLISH LIT LORD OF THE FLIES (PIGGY NOTES)

Notes of Piggy from Lord Of The Flies, studied at GCSE for Eng Lit.

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Piggy ­ Lord of The Flies Essay
What is the importance of Piggy in Lord of The Flies and how does Golding
present him?
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Paragraph 2: Dependency upon the adult world
"aren't there any grownups?" shows a reliance upon the society he live in and an
anxiousness and nervousness at their lack of presence. "if only they could get a
message to us" ­ this is ironic as Piggy is reliant upon a destroyed world that is
warped and creates evil. This develops the theme that everyone is full of evil, even
the boys, so therefore, the reader is worried for the boys, who will return to a
terrible society, destroying itself in a nuclear war.
Piggy is also dependent on a world where there are clear rules: "I've got the
conch." Piggy thinks that the presence of adults on the island will implement
authority, as he is worried about the boys becoming out of control because of their
lack of maturity. Therefore, for Piggy the conch is a symbol in which he can place
his trust and faith and is something that everyone can respect. This is ironic, as the
adult world is broken because there are two competing political platforms, like that
on the island between Ralph and Jack
Therefore, Piggy's reliance on the "cream" purity of the conch allows Golding to
explore how we rely upon society and rules, but that all this can crumble when two
parties are competing to be "chief."
Paragraph 3: Adult manner
"like a crowd of kids" is criticism of their over eagerness and their naivety about
the severity of the situation. In many ways he has greater maturity than the boys in
the novel and is thinking as we would expect an adult to.
"you're hindering" shows how he knows that a society with rules has to be
established if the boys are to survive. This is why he criticises the "pack of kids"
because of their immaturity and the need for things to be carried out. It is this
serious and scientific attitude that leads to him becoming an outcast, for Jack
especially: "fat lot you tried." His lack of physical capability means that despite his
knowledgeable suggestions, he fails to carry them out. This corresponds to theme
that all the boys and society in general can have good intentions, however, failing
to carry them out leads to a failure to induce harmony, which can lead to the desire
of power and eruption of hate, which Golding uses to rip the boys apart: "just you
wait" Therefore, builds up malice which is part of world Piggy cannot understand:
"just you wait" Morally, his maturity is less than Simon's: "the dance that none of

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Fails to comprehend why the boy's society has crumbled, leaving
him reliant upon the declining power of the conch.
Therefore, Piggy's lack of moral maturity leads up to his death and the shattering
of core values.
Paragraph 4: Piggy's death
Brutal death and burial, compared to Simon's harmonic, tranquil burial at sea:
"like a pig's after it had been killed.…read more

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