Lord of the Flies: We Hate PiggyIn many novels there’s usually a character the reader loves to hate.Whether that character be a loser, a loner, or someone who’s just chubby, weall have made fun of that particular person at least once in our lives.Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, he illustrates the joyof readers in hating Piggy’s character.In the beginning of the novel, when Ralph meets Piggy after the planecrash, Piggy regretfully tells Ralph what the kids used to call him at school, They used to call me Piggy’.(1) Ralph then shrieks with laughter and makesfun of Piggy’s nickname, Piggy! Piggy!(2) Ralph goes on and on with givingPiggy a bad time, just as kids normally would. This could be Ralph’s way oftrying to distract himself from the reality of the airplane smashup.
By theauthor’s description of Piggy and the contents of Piggy’s talks, all of us havea good idea of how he looks like and how he acts. We can all relate to him asthat fat nerd’ that always sat alone in the cafeteria. We all had nicknamesfor the loner’.
We knew deep down that this was a bad thing to do but weenjoyed putting him or her down.Piggy is smarter than most of the survivors. You could see this becausehe was aware of the situation around him whereas Ralph enjoyed the freedom. Itwas Piggy’s idea to write down all of the survivors’ names and he knew where toput the hole in the conch and what it could be used for. Piggy is also cleverin which when he is asked to do something physical, whether it would beexercise or hard labour, he says he cannot do it because of his asthma, butmost people could see that he is lying.
An example of this is when he wasafraid to swim.Piggy tip-toed down the sandy side of the pool, andsat there up to his neck in water smiling proudly atRalph.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 anoutsider. 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 allthe other boys are either happy with their freedom and exploring the island orthey’re thinking about hunting.
Piggy knows the actual life and death situationupon the group, when he talks about the death of the pilots.They’re all dead,’ said Piggy, an’ this isan island. Nobody don’t know we’re here. Yourdad don’t know, nobody don’t know—-‘His lips quivered and the spectacles were dimmedwith mist.
We may stay here till we die.’ (4)This talk did overcome the boys with concern, but they soon forgot it andthought nothing of it.Jack is the obvious one who goes too far in teasing Piggy. At first itwas 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 afeast.
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 anassertion of power; but Piggy by advertisinghis omission mad more cruelty necessary.You didn’t hunt.’ (5)Later Simon gave his meat to Piggy, and Jack went into a rage, yelling at Simonthat he got meat for him, not Piggy. Later in the Novel, when Ralph and Piggycame to confront Jack about Simon’s death, Roger did the unexplainable when hepushed a large boulder over a cliff and onto Piggy. Yet everybody thought thatthis seemed the right thing to do except for Ralph was the only one who wassane and thought differently.
Ralph realized that they had gone too far.Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, he illustratesthe joy of readers in hating Piggy’s character. In many forms of entertainmentsuch as movies, books and television shows, there has always been a characterlike Piggy .Everybody has a little evil inside and we seem to take it out on acharacter like Piggy and Mr.
William Golding has shown us that we enjoy hatingthese kind of characters and that things will probably never change.English