Lord of the Flies: We Hate Piggy
In many novels there’s usually a character the reader loves to hate.
of readers in hating Piggy’s character.
In the beginning of the novel, when Ralph meets Piggy after the plane
They used to call me ?Piggy’.?(1) Ralph then shrieks with laughter and makes
fun of Piggy’s nickname, ?Piggy! Piggy!?(2) Ralph goes on and on with giving
author’s description of Piggy and the contents of Piggy’s talks, all of us have
a good idea of how he looks like and how he acts. We can all relate to him as
that ?fat nerd’ that always sat alone in the cafeteria. We all had nicknames
enjoyed putting him or her down.
Piggy is smarter than most of the survivors. You could see this because
was Piggy’s idea to write down all of the survivors’ names and he knew where to
put the hole in the conch and what it could be used for. Piggy is also clever
afraid to swim.
?Piggy tip-toed down the sandy side of the pool, and
? Aren’t you going to swim? ‘
Piggy shook his head.
?I can’t swim. I wasn’t allowed. My asthma—-’
?Sucks to your ass-mar!’ ?(3)
Ralph could easily tell that Piggy was lying, and whimping out.
Piggy is different from the other survivors, he is considered as an
outsider. His body is different, he also thinks different from the other boys.
At first he is the only one talking about and wanting to get rescued, yet all
upon the group, when he talks about the death of the pilots.
? ?They’re all dead,’ said Piggy, ?an’ this is
an island. Nobody don’t know we’re here. Your
dad don’t know, nobody don’t know—-’
His lips quivered and the spectacles were dimmed
?We may stay here till we die.’ ?(4)
This talk did overcome the boys with concern, but they soon forgot it and
thought nothing of it.
Jack is the obvious one who goes too far in teasing Piggy. At first it
was just mild teasing, calling him names, mostly verbal abuse. Later in time,
Jack and his own separate clan, killed a pig and invited Ralph’s group for a
feast. At the feast Piggy was the only one without meat. Hungry, he spoke.
? ?Aren’t I having none?’
Jack had meant to leave him in doubt, as an
assertion of power; but Piggy by advertising
his omission mad more cruelty necessary.
?You didn’t hunt.’ ?(5)
that he got meat for him, not Piggy. Later in the Novel, when Ralph and Piggy
came to confront Jack about Simon’s death, Roger did the unexplainable when he
this seemed the right thing to do except for Ralph was the only one who was
sane and thought differently. Ralph realized that they had gone too far.
Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, he illustrates
the joy of readers in hating Piggy’s character. In many forms of entertainment
like Piggy .Everybody has a little evil inside and we seem to take it out on a
character like Piggy and Mr. William Golding has shown us that we enjoy hating
these kind of characters and that things will probably never change.