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Shvoong Home>Books>Piggy - Lord of the Flies Review

Piggy - Lord of the Flies

Book Review   by:boracel06     Original Author: William Golding
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Piggy embodies the voice of reason, the clear – sightedness, the social order, and scientific and intellectual aspects of civilization: ”Life is scientific, that''s what it is. In a year or two when the war''s over they''ll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn''t no beast.” (Lord of the Flies, 1969: 105). This is a proof of ”empirical disavowal of the beastie” (Virginia Tiger, 1974: 45), and this is an evidence of the intellectual hubris which must be punished. He stands outside the triangle the boys make when they congregate. This ironically shows the moralizing intellectuality of the liberal: ”this indicated that he wished to listen but would not speak; and Piggy intended it as a gesture of disapproval” (Lord of the Flies, 1969: 98). The fact that the others did not want him kept him away from becoming a savage and he was like an observer learning from the actions of others. It is an outsider perspective. His death resembles with the slaughter of a pig for he is decapitated by a ”glancing blow from chin to knee” (Lord of the Flies, 1969: 222). Traveling through the air, with a grunt, he lands on the square red rock in the sea, a sacrificial table. And the monster that is the sea sucks his body which ”like a pig''s after it has been killed, twitched” (Lord of the Flies, 1969: 223). The emblematic name he was given is now more than obvious. His name suggests vulnerability, just like the pigs on the island. With his death is also destroyed the Head (the centre of reason) and, as the island society regresses, the bridge between rationality and irrationality is cut. He was killed because he was an alien, a ”pseudo – species” (Virginia Tiger, 1974: 63). His death marks the essential inadequacy of the rational, logical world.
Published: December 10, 2007   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    how is piggy civilation? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how did piggy die? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    he is crushed by a boulder trap that was set up by the littlun's Sunday, May 13, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    why should Piggy become leader of the group? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how old is piggy and when did he die? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    he die at the age of 12 Monday, May 28, 2012
  1. Answer  :    11 Monday, May 28, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    information on piggy parents ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    His dad is dead, mom probably ran away. He lives with his auntie whom he has mentioned in the book. Wednesday, March 16, 2011
  1. Answer   Question  :    how old is he? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    11 Wednesday, November 16, 2011
  1. Answer  :    if you read the wikipedia article on "lord of the flies", it clearly states that all the boys on the island are no older than 13. as Piggy is one of the 'biguns', he is most definitely close to that age, so around 11-13 Monday, January 31, 2011
  1. Answer   Question  :    How does Golding tell us about what Piggy does? View All
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