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How does Piggy change throughout Lord of the Flies?

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emz1997 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM via web

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How does Piggy change throughout Lord of the Flies?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Throughout the novel Piggy is the intelligent, scientific voice of reason.  One of the remarkable things about Piggy is that he actually doesn't change. When he dies at the hands of one of the other boys, he dies the same ineffectual boy who suffers as the punchline of the other boys jokes.  He is larger and smarter than the other boys, but as their society grows more and concerned with brawn than brains he becomes obsolete.  In appearance he seems to be the oldest of the group (thin hair and glasses).  Once his glasses are destroyed, Piggy is literally blind and helpless, despite his constant referrals to "what grownups would do" Roger brutally kills him.

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