Piggy’s unseen power

William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies sets a group of English schoolboys in a desert island. 12-year-old Ralph gets voted as a chief but not everyone understands the importance of getting rescued he is trying to point out. They get to eat and playing in the lagoon seems to be all the youngest ones care for, “—as a time when play was good and life so full that hope was not necessary and therefore forgotten.” A white conch represents democracy among the boys and the one who holds it has a right to speak. The number of the schoolboys is not mentioned but there are enough of them to split the group as rival tribes.

Having introduced as a “fat boy” it’s very clear that a character called Piggy isn’t the boldest guy in the group. He gets interrupted all the time and others look down on him. Only Ralph recognizes his intelligence but as a chief he’s not able to humble and admit that Piggy can actually think. Yet Piggy always stands up for him. Reader sees them as a couple since the books begins with a dialogue between these two boys.

Despite being disrespected Piggy isn’t ashamed of himself. He has learned to manage with his huge specs and asthma and he even is a bit proud of these two qualities of his. Piggy could use his wits to defend himself but he’s too sensible to do that. Instead he’s desperately trying to bring peace and harmony to the community. The brutal behaviour of the boys makes him constantly remind what grown-ups would think about them.

Others value Piggy only for his specs to make a fire. Gradually this disregarded kid becomes a pawn of boys’ cruel game with serious consequences. It’s the beginning of the end when a character such as Piggy dies. Sacred conch gets smashed and with Piggy’s corpse the last piece of humanity is gone. In addition to evolving as a character Piggy had a hidden impact on the others. He spoke only when he had something to say and he always spoke wise.


Golding, William. 1954. Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber Limited.



   10 WORDS
Blemish – flaw
Bulge – a rounded swelling or protuberance that distorts a flat surface
Derision – mockery, insults
Eccentric – unconventional and slightly strange
Exasperate – irritate intensely
Fumble – stumble
Infinite – unlimited
Mortify – humiliate
Perilous – full of danger or risk
Solemn – formal and dignified


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joonas kuusio
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 16:21:12

    I liked your character analysis. Very good analysing. I didn’t notice any mistakes but that’s not a big surprise because i’m so shit. You have 10 challenging words, mind map and everything else, good job.


  2. Kristiina
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 08:56:50

    I like the title of your character analysis, it gives obvious picture of characters hidden talents. Piggy is descripted extensively and i get instantly picture of his appearance and analysis contains also tenuously Piggys ethics and thoughts. You have centralized on analysing the character and analysis dont devite from its purpose, great! analysis is also very perspicous and you have thought about texts structure so it was pleasant to read it.

    It was a good idea to link the authors website to the analysis, but you could have also add some more media like picture of the book? The mind map was good and the analysis contained same notions. Bibliography have been made in the right way and total the analysis appearance was tranquil.

    I liked how you translated the 10 challenging words, it’s better to give them synonym in english than translated frankly in finnish so you have flagrantly thought about it. You write really good and clear english so I didn’t notice any grammar mistakes 🙂

    reeeeally good job!


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