The Relationship between Jack and Piggy

HideShow resource information


English Homework - Write about the relationship between Jack and Piggy.

In the lord of the flies the island represents microcosm of an adult society; in this case Jack represents bullies, force and eventually savagery, while Piggy represents intellection and wisdom – they are usually seen as opposing forces in the real world. This is why they have a relationship based on fear and power. Piggy being a physically weak character because of his “asthma” and “his fat body” made him a target for Jack when they first meet. Piggy was frightened of Jack this is shown when he does not ask his name “he as intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority” unlike how he was very intrigued to know Ralphs “What’s your name?” .At first Jack only uses verbal hatred to Piggy “Shut up, Fatty”, “You’re always scared. Yah-Fatty”, “You shut up”. This results in Piggy “wilting” and being less confident as he “spoke timidly”. Later in the book Jack uses more violent actions towards Piggy as he becomes more savage “smacked piggy’s head” “with humiliation” and “stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach”. Piggy is a man of thought, not action, unlike Jack, his strength is the ability to reason “Which is better- to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill”.

This can be demonstrated by


No comments have yet been made

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »See all Lord of the Flies resources »