Piggy Character Analysis - Lord of the Flies Essay

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In every piece of literature there is always one character that stands out to me. Coincidentally, the characters I usually choose to admire are the weak, unpopular, failure types. In the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding the character that stood out to me most was Piggy. He was the boy whose real name was never mentioned, but his real name wouldn’t be as symbolic as the nickname he had throughout the book. Throughout the earlier chapters I pictured Piggy as the run of the mill loser that wasn’t cool enough to share snacks with in school even if he had the tastiest ones. Piggy is a very obedient character that always followed his auntie’s rules. He was different and he accepted that fact on the outside, but in the inside he was …show more content…
One could argue that many of the characters in Lord of the Flies change, which is true for characters like Jack and Ralph. But in my point of view Piggy never changes. Piggy always remained true to his morals and understanding of how to survive on the island. Some of Piggy’s last words really demonstrate that he was always the same Piggy the whole time. “I got this to say. You’re acting like a crowd of kids, which is better – to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is? Which is better – to have rules and agree or to hung and kill? Which is better, law and rescue or hunting and breaking things up?” [Golding 180]. This quote stood out because he isn’t afraid to admit all the problematic things that are happening. He may not look one bit like an adult, but he acts like one throughout the book until his death. Even in the face of insanity, Piggy keeps in sanctity. He knows he’s isn’t the most salient out of the bunch, but he stands his grounds well throughout the whole novel and suffers a painful death because he simply didn’t realize the effect of isolation and violence the other boys endured. With all that being said, Piggy is really a true character that not only is an important character in the book, but also teaches the readers to treat others with respect. Piggy was unfairly treated because of things he