How can one write an elegy on Piggy in Lord of the Flies?I really need help because I am not that good in writing an elegy, and I cannot use an elegy from any books or websites. Thanks for your...

How can one write an elegy on Piggy in Lord of the Flies?

I really need help because I am not that good in writing an elegy, and I cannot use an elegy from any books or websites. Thanks for your time and answers.

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some of Piggy's qualities of character that you could praise in writing an elegy for hime in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding:

1. His trusting nature - he trusts Ralph enough to spill out much of his life story including his embarrassing surname (big mistake maybe as Ralph is only human and the name goes into common usage.)

2. His honesty - this goes along with his trusting nature - he thought he could be honest with Ralph and that his innermost emotions would be safe with him, so he tells him things.

3. His clear-sightedness (represented by the use of his glasses for the crucial work of lighting a fire-beacon.)

4. His innocence - he was a bit naive in thinking he could challenge the stronger fiercer boys and that they would listen to his reason.

mkcapen1 | Student

We are gathered together on this day to remember our friend Piggy.  Piggy was a loyal friend.  I met Piggy when we first crashed on the island.  We were both scared but we found strength in one another.  Piggy, if you all recall, was the one who discovered the conch could be used to help us keep order when we had something to say.  He knew that if we did not use some kind of an object to honor who was speaking, everyone in our group would talk at once.

Yes, it is true that Piggy was somewhat overweight, had asthma, and wore glasses, but he was the best kind of person.  He believed in civilization and following a code of moral conduct.  He was not athletic and he couldn't see a lick with out his glasses, but he was there for anyone who needed him.  When the littleuns were scared of the beast, he helped to calm them.

Piggy grew up with his auntie since his father had died when he was young. His auntie, as he called her, had a candy store, and he ate as much of it as he could.  He told me once that he loved candy.  Later he was sent to the boy's school.  He was one of us boys, who landed on the island.  He knew the importance of having adults around, but it just could not be, as they had died in the plane crash. 

Since the first day we crashed, Piggy was afraid of dying on the island.  He had good reason.  We were young and had no idea how to care for ourselves.  However, Piggy did not deserve to die the way he did.  Jack and the boys should have been kinder to him.  They should not have stolen his glasses leaving him barely able to see.  Despite his unfair treatment he still tried to make us feel good and recommended that we meet with the other boys so he could retrieve his glasses. 

Even though Piggy seemed like a wimp at times, he had courage.  He could have turned out like Jack and his tribe, but he didn't.  He had a kinder nature.  I do not believe that in death he holds hatred to Rodger for using the lever and causing the rock to come down on him knocking him in the sea which killed him. 

The sea has claimed him now so we stand here and morn him.  He was a good kid, a different kid, the kind of kid that everyone could pick on, but he would let it go and still try and be their friend.

Based on the chapters in the book.

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