Lord of the Flies

English III A

February 15, 2004

Throughout William Golding’s renowned themes in his novel The Lord of the Flies many interesting characters come out that are essential to the story and among these is a boy named Piggy who is both a physically and emotionally challenged child. He has trouble communicating and getting recognition by the other boys. He is constantly teased because of the way he looks and acts, which eventually puts him in the way of trouble. Despite these flaws, he is extremely intelligent.

“Piggy is also known to wear thick glasses, which he has had since he was three years old” (Golding 7). Piggy is constantly teased because of this. He is the only one on the island to wear glasses, which gives the boys a reason to make fun of him. Having asthma is another flaw for Piggy. He is not capable of doing some of the things that the other boys can do, like hunting for example. His unattractive attributes segregated him from the other boys on the island.

Piggy has emotional difficulties that play a big part throughout the novel. He is very sensitive about his glasses. This is because when the boys continuously make fun of him, he can not help not being able to see without them. Along with emotional problems, he also fears “the beast” along with the rest of the boys. Although the other boys easily intimidate him he did not lack the self-confidence to protest or speak out against the disrespect from the boys as the shy former choirboy Simon did.

Piggy is also very intelligent. The boys do not realize that because they will not listen to his ideas and are quick to judge him by criticism. Ralph and the “littluns” are the only ones who do not consider him an outcast. Since no one listens to him, his ideas are shot down. When the boys flocked to the mountaintop to build their fire, Piggy shouted after them, "Acting like a crowd of kids!" (42). Piggy was a very liable person who could look ahead and plan carefully for the future. He shouted at the boys\' immature recklessness, "The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach... Then when you get here you build a bonfire that is not of any use. Now you been and set the whole island on fire" (50). Perhaps life would be different if they had taken Piggy’s ideas into consideration.

His undesirable physique and his superior intelligence made him an outcast. This isolation and wisdom also helped Piggy to retain his civilized behavior. As well, he
was made painfully more aware of the great amount of injustice in the world. His asthma and loss of sight decreased his chances of survival. Piggy’s emotional problems and his lack of confidence are factors of failure on the island, which eventually leads to his death.