In Lord of the Flies, do Ralph and Piggy together symbolize the ego, or is Piggy the superego and Ralph the ego?  Those who have made the argument that the boys represent Freud's theory of psychoanalysis - Superego, Ego and Id, often state that Piggy is the Superego, Ralph is the ego and Jack the Id.  However, I think a case can be made that Simon is the Superego, Ralph and Piggy, who represent two halves of one whole boy the ego, and Jack (hunters) the id. Thoughts?

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This wold make an interesting discussion point as obviously it is open to interpretation.

Golding always intended for people to view this novel philosophically and recognize the symbolism in each character. The superego by definition includes the conscience and all society's 'shoulds' and 'should-nots.' It is highly demanding and needs the influence of the ego to allow it to successfully incorporate into one person.

Lord of the Flies is  

an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature

and therefore it would not be possible for one perfect person, on the island to fit effortlessly into the novel. This is why Golding needed various characters - non less the personification of Id - Jack and his tribe - to present the complete...

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