On an island, in the middle of nowhere. A boy was slouched, and was watching the sun set by the horizon. He saw the little ‘uns playing at the beach, splashing water at each other; he heard laughter of joy and delight; he saw the big ‘uns dancing and singing. They seemed to have lots of fun, but he didn’t join in. He couldn’t join in. The only thing he could do was to memorize everyone’s name. A while later, all the group of schoolboys ran back and sat in a circle. They talked and talked, and soon enough, there were bursts of laughter. “Piggy! Piggy!” The boy was called Piggy. Piggy is an intelligent, civilized but timid schoolboy. Throughout the story, Piggy develops a very interesting characteristic which increases the tension and fascinates the reader. His actions and ways of treating others changes throughout the story and the way others treats him changes accordingly.
Piggy is an intelligent and highly rational young man who helps out the group of schoolboys in many different ways. “We can use this to call the others. Having a meeting.” (Golding, 16) “But Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains.” (78) This shows that although Piggy is physically inferior, he is intellectually superior. As Ralph and him found the conch, Piggy knew how to use the conch and made a suggestion, which was to use the conch in order to gather all the schoolboys. “Only, decided Ralph as he faced the chief’s seat, I can’t think. Not like Piggy.” (78) As the story progresses, Ralph realizes that Piggy is the one who thinks among all the boys and he’s the one who’s rational. Without his contribution and intelligence, the story would have changed significantly, as the story’s about the big and small events that happened after the group of schoolboys have gathered up.
Piggy is civilized and acts based on the rules they have made. In the beginning, as Piggy meets Ralph, what he often repeats is “Auntie told me.” (9) This shows that he realizes the importance of rules in the society and tries to tell the others about it. ““Let him have the conch!” shouted Piggy. “Let him have it!”” (35) While the other boys are slightly ignoring the rules they have made, Piggy strictly tries to follow it and is very intent on preserving some remnant of civilization in that unknown island. He’s the responsible one on the island who tries to hold on to the idea of rules and order. Piggy is responsible. Piggy is civilized. However, Piggy is the only one who’s responsible, and Piggy is the only one who’s civilized. ““I got the conch,” said Piggy, in a hurt voice. “I got a right to speak.”” (44) shows that while all the others are not respecting the rules, Piggy constantly reminds the group of schoolboys that holding the conch means having the right to speak. He tries, but things don’t work out as he wants it to. It’s just like a group of students in a classroom, and I, have stood in the position of Piggy. Once the teacher left the classroom, students started to chatter. It began with whispers, but it gradually made its way up, until people were yelling across the room. I have tried several times to help others concentrate and settle down. In spite of that, it didn’t work out as I wanted it to be, just like Piggy. Others started to say I’m bossy, and they continued their conversations in a very disturbing and loud voice level. This happened because as the teacher left the room, students were free from getting watched by, and there wasn’t anyone to stop them from yelling and disturbing others. Without any adult supervision, students can do whatever they want to, and this connects the story to the real world.
Although Piggy is intelligent and civilized, he is timid and timorous. Piggy, throughout the story, is unhappy about the name is being called by; however, he cannot complain about it. In the island with barely any clear rules and order, physical strength is power, and Piggy is physically inferior. Because he’s fat, and because he’s weak, Piggy has to follow what Ralph and Jack tells him to. In the beginning of the story, Piggy was the one who had lots of suggestions about how to survive on the island, but his opinions were ignored. ““You’re talking too much,” said Jack Merridew. “Shut up, Fatty.”” (21) In their own “society”, they aren’t regulated. Nobody admonishes them for making fun of things that other people don’t like. One interesting fact is that Piggy didn’t have the characteristic of timidity since the very beginning. ““We don’t want you,” said Jack, flatly.” (24) As Piggy volunteered to go with Ralph, Jack and Simon to go on an expedition, it clearly shows that he’s interested in getting involved. He was the one who had bountiful of ideas and suggestions, but because he was ignored just because of his physical appearances and other boys treated him disrespectfully, he slowly began to opt out from the social group created by the boys. Regardless of the causes, his actions and behaviors are the clear evidences to the fact that he is timid and timorous.
In an island in the middle of nowhere, the group of schoolboys start to enjoy their freedom from regulations and strict rules; however, Piggy doesn’t. He tries to contribute to the group by suggesting ideas and helping others with useful knowledge, and acts rationally in a civilized way. At the same time, his timidity lowers his self-esteem and makes him do whatever the physically strong boys tell him to do. Piggy and the other schoolboys face lots of different problems, and the problems they face include the conflicts between each other. Other schoolboys had physical advantages compared to Piggy, who didn’t. However, despite the physical appearances and advantages, Piggy had intelligence, Piggy had wisdom, Piggy had rationality, and in all, Piggy had his brain.