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Throughout the novel there were a number of symbolic characters I found Piggy to be of the most significant As his character progressed through the book his personality and wholesome characteristics degraded Piggys regression of self was evident in his decision-making rationality communication and his actions on the island This changes inside and outside of Piggy ultimately led to his reversion to savage behavior as well as his death In the beginning of the book Piggy is tagged with that foul name without even revealing his identity The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made Golding 9 He then revealed that his embarrassing nickname in school was Piggy This sequence shows that Piggy is weak easily manipulated and that he lacks assertiveness These qualities or lack of qualities set the tone of Piggys character as a gentle genius with no dignity or audacity to stand up for him A little later in the series of events Piggy encounters the conch shell His immediate action is to attempt to gather all of the survivors by the overpowering sound of it Piggy in turn is the Goldings symbol of government and rationale In the beginnings of the novel Piggy has his glasses showing that he sees clearly in the most rational way He tries to show the other kids the right things to do and not to exploit the land or one another Later his glasses are snatched from his face to make fire triggering the start of his downward spiral to being a savage After that broke Piggys glasses when he struck him in his face This left Piggy with half of his clear sight as well has half of his reason To finalize Piggys fate Jack and his gang of savages stole his monocle in a mid-night raid This caused Piggy to be somewhat blinded with in his vision as well as totally blind
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