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Characters Representing Society Groups in William Goldings Lord of the Flies Golding made each character represent a social group in Lord of the Flies Piggy represents the thinker and Jack is the bully They are two main characters that play significant roles in demonstrating Goldings ideas about society as a whole When Golding told us what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy but the most obvious leader was Jack we learned that Piggy had been characterized as the brain of the group We can also infer from this statement that Piggy held little or no political clout and could not get others to follow his instructions For example when he tried to take names of the boys after Ralph left they merely wandered off without taking notice of Piggys commands He is portrayed as the thinker -- and not the doer Goldings characterizations of his physical appearance and inabilities do not assist him in gaining any leadership of the group His need to please Ralph is another weakness that eroded any power his intelligence might have given him with the group Piggy was teased and quickly turned into the outsider by one of his own overzealous attempts to win the favor of Ralph Piggy represents the thinker who in real society is often surpassed by the doer Golding shows how Ralph uses Piggy only on selective occasions while other times he simply leads or joins the tormenting Ralph becomes elected chief of the group while Piggy was merely a secret assistant behind the scenes Thinkers cannot get anything done without doers and this is directly shown and proved in the book by the characterizations of Piggy and Ralph Society has its weak members like Piggy and the strong like Jack Jack knows how to get what he wants and his preferred method is bullying He is constantly threatening and frightening those underneath him which gives him a tremendous supply
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