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What brings Ralph into closer sympathy with Piggy in Lord of the Flies?  

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andrewgulzar | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM via web

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What brings Ralph into closer sympathy with Piggy in Lord of the Flies?

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Ralph becomes more sympathetic with Piggy when the group breaks up and Jack takes over the tribe, leaving Ralph with Piggy.

After the trouble with Jack and the conch, Ralph confides in Piggy.  This is a big step, because he usually barely listens to him and mistreats and abuses him.  At this moment, Ralph acknowledges the importance Piggy has made to his leadership from the beginning.  He does this by pouring his heart out to him, telling his fears, and asking for advice.

“We can’t keep one fire going. And they don’t care. And what’s more—”

He looked intensely into Piggy’s streaming face.

“What’s more, I don’t sometimes. Supposing I got like the others—not caring. What ’ud become of us?” (ch 8)

Ralph and Piggy have become the outsiders, targets of Jack’s rage.  Jack and his heathens have gone their way, and Ralph and Piggy are the only ones left, with Simon and the littleuns’ torn in allegiance.  From this point on, Ralph and Piggy have somewhat more equality.

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