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pipod55 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM via web

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What are key examples of bullying against Piggy in Lord of the Flies?

Who bullies Piggy and why?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Just about everyone bullies Piggy, including Ralph who is Piggy's closest friend. Ralph betrays Piggy's confidence early in the story when he reveals the nickname that he hates so much.

     A storm of laughter arose and even the tiniest child joined in.  (Chapter One)

Nearly all of the boys ridicule Piggy because of his weight, bad eyesight, "ass-mar," and high level of intelligence. He is not allowed to go on the early exploring "expedition" with Ralph, Simon and Jack. Although the boys are supposed to allow the possessor of the conch shell to speak, Piggy's right is often denied.

     "I got the conch."
     Jack turned fiercely.
     "You shut up."
     Piggy wilted.  (Chapter Two)

Piggy's glasses are often "borrowed" to start the fire; later, one lens is broken before Jack steals them outright, beating Piggy and leaving him almost blind. In the end, Piggy faces "sniggering," "jeering" and "booing" from the others before Roger unleashes the boulder that knocks Piggy off the cliff and onto the rocks below.

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