In "Lord of the Flies", why does Jack’s group kill Piggy?

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Piggy dies because he is speaking the truth.  His last words are, "Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?"  Piggy has represented the thinker, the intellect, throughout the story. He tries to be the voice of reason but he is ignored and ridiculed.  Golding is saying, through this, that reason in all of society is ignored and ridiculed.  People would rather fight and break up things than listen to sense and intelligence.  Golding felt that only the constrictions of society kept man from letting his true savage nature out most of the time.  He attempts to show, in this book, that once the rules of society are no longer in place, then people become evil and savage.  That's what happened to the boys in the story.  Ralph's side, the side of order and reason, gets devoured by Jack's side, the side of chaos and savagery.  Piggy is killed because he tries to speak the truth of reason and Golding is saying that truth gets silenced when it tries to speak up.

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