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How does Piggy die in Lord of the Flies?

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tobin | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2009 at 6:07 AM via web

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How does Piggy die in Lord of the Flies?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Roger released a rock from above that flew down from the cliff above and hit Piggy, knocking him down.  He fell forty feet and landed (dead) on his back down by the water.  Then the water washed in and took his body out to sea.

"The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee: the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.  Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went.  The rock bounded twice and was lost in the forest.  Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea.  His head opened and stuff came out and turned red.  Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it had been killed."

 

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM (Answer #2)

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The death of Piggy follows a series of plot events. Ralph and Piggy decide to face Jack and force him to listen to reason. They think they will be able to talk some sense into him. Jack and the other boys still have Piggy's glasses, so they decide to confront him and get the glasses back.

Once they are at the other boys camp, Jack attacks Ralph, and they start to fight. Ralph tells Jack to give the glasses back, and they struggle to show who is in control. Piggy gives a shrill yell hoping to get the attention focused on him and off of the fighting. Roger is above on the mountain top and pushes a boulder down the side. Ralph hears it coming and is able to get out of the way. Piggy is struck by the boulder, and the conch shell he is still holding is shattered. Piggy falls off the mountain and to his death on the rocks below. Jack tries to attack Ralph, but he is able to get away.

The death of Piggy has symbolic value. It shows the death of innocence of these boys. They have given in to the wild ways of the island with no authority at all. Ralph is the only one left who has an ounce of who he was left inside of him.

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