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In William Goldings novel The Lord of the Flies Piggys helplessness and superior intellect lead to his tragic deathPiggy is an outsider He manages for a time to have some influence on the group through Ralph who recognizes his brilliance and puts into effect several of his suggestions But the boys are quick to ridicule him for his fatness asthma and lack of physical skill As an orphan brought up under the care of an aunt he has developed into a sissy He cannot do anything for himself whether it be to gather fruit blow the conch shell or build huts He always tries to hide when the other boys are involved in manual labor Further he makes the mistake of pressing too hard for acceptance At first he tries so hard to win the favor of Ralph that he only alienates Ralph yet at the same time he gives him personal information about himself that Ralph can then use to hurt him His life on the island is a series of unhappy embarrassments including being taunted by the boys being beaten and having his glasses broken and stolen And finally at the instigation of Jack he is killed by RogerPiggy represents a state of mind that is conservative and civilized His glasses which are constantly steamed and that he absolutely needs to see anything separate him from the world of activity and adventure in which he cannot participate as freely as the other boys and confine him to the realm of his own mind Piggy is the intelligent member of the group he tends to be more scientific than the rest and also more skeptical His skepticism keeps him from participating in the superstitions of the other boys He knows that the civilized world would not accept the legend of the beastieIronically with his build his nickname Piggy Golding 11 and his squealing he resembles the sacrificial pig When he dies his arms and
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