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Piggy looks to Ralph as a leader and confidante, but also for protectection. He is tremendously loyal to Ralph, because he sees in Ralph the authority and ability to protect him from the other boys. For example, the very first time Ralph blows the conch, and Jack arrives with the choir boys. Piggy feels "intimidated by the uniformed authority and the off-hand superiority in Merridew's voice" and draws closer to Ralph (21).
"He shrank to the other side of Ralph and busied himself with his glasses" (21).
As the novel progresses, Piggy becomes less of the shy, shrinking away boy and learns to assert himself. His determination to retrieve his glasses from Jack is one of Piggy's finest moments and speeches:
"I just take the conch to say this. I can't see no more and I got to get my glasses back. Awful things has been done on this island. I voted for you for chief. He's the only one who ever got anything done. So now you speak Ralph, and tell us what" (170).
Piggy continues on, desperate to convey his determination to get his glasses back, not only to prove a point, but because it is the right thing to do. He outlines what he plans to say to Jack to Ralph and Samneric:
"Look, I'm goin' to say, you're stronger than I am and you haven't got asthma...But I don't ask for my glasses back, not as a favor,. I don't ask you to be a sport, I'll say, not because you're strong, but because what's right's right" (171).
Piggy's impassioned speech rallies the other boys. Reading this again makes me wish that Piggy would have had his opportunity to say all of those things to Jack, to "have his day in court."
In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is the leader and Piggy possesses intellect. Together, they make a good team for leadership. Throughout the story Ralph and Piggy each have their struggles yet Piggy continuously supports Ralph with his loyalty.
In the beginning, Ralph and Piggy are together when they find the conch and it is Piggy that encourages Ralph to use it to call a meeting.
"'We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us.'"
After another speech at a meeting where Ralph starts to doubt his authority over the group of children Piggy is there by his side to support him and give him counsel. Piggy says that Ralph needs to reassert his control over the group but Ralph struggles to make the right decision.
"' You've got to be tough now. Make'em do what you want.'"
As the story progresses, Ralph comes to depend on Piggy and confides in him. Ralph struggles with the animalistic nature inside of himself and worries he will become like Jack and the others. Piggy is the only one that Ralph can really talk to and here Piggy demonstrates his determination and loyalty by sticking it out with Ralph.
"'I dunno , Ralph. We just got to go on, that's all. That's what grownups would do.'"
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