In Chapter Five of William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, what makes Piggy more sympathetic to Ralph?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One of the main things that bring the two closer together is the realization of Ralph that Piggy is actually really valuable.  They were all caught up making fun of his fatness and his awkwardness, but in Chapter 5, ralph realizes that he has an incredible ability to think through situations and really make good conclusions about possible courses of action.  He knows he cannot be a leader, but he feels him importance.

Piggy also expresses a great deal of support for Ralph when he is struggling with Jack to maintain control and maintain his position as chief.  Piggy is very vocal about the importance of the rules and of the order they've decided on.

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In Chapter Five of Lord of the Flies, Ralph is struggling to maintain any semblance of order in the makeshift community. Ralph knows that he needs to be wise to be a chief, but knows that he is not as smart as Piggy, who "for all his ludicrous body, had brains." Although Piggy would not make a good chief, Ralph recognizes that there is significance to Piggy's logical approach.

Additionally, as Ralph's leadership is failing, Jack is becoming increasingly disobedient, guiding the other boys toward chaos. After Jack leads the boys off from one of the meetings, Ralph is scared to blow the conch to reign them back in. Piggy encourages him to do so and continue to be the chief. He is a loyal and supportive friend.

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