In Lord of the Flies, do you think Piggy realizes he is perceived as an "outsider?" 

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Piggy is not a self-assured boy and is not surprized that he is something of an ‘outsider’ because, even before the boys were stranded on the island, he was teased and bullied by his peers.

I don’t care what they call me … long as they  don’t call me what they used to call me at school.

He pleads with Ralph that he must not inform the ‘others’ of his nickname but he is also pleased that Ralph has paid him – and his name -  so much attention.  

There are various reasons why Piggy is an ‘outsider’ and Piggy is painfully aware of them all.

  • He knows he cannot compete on the sports field because of his asthma
  • He is aware that his intelligence and love of logic and science differs from other boys who want to play and have fun.
  • He recognizes the influence of adults and is at pains to consider what his ‘auntie’ might say.
  • There is a stereotype of the chubby boy with glasses

Piggy is the most adult in his appearance, behavior, and beliefs

Some of the reasons why he is different may escape Piggy’s understanding. His role models appear to be female and so he doesn’t have that male influence. The other boys are not interested in science – probably because they do not understand it.

Piggy aligns himself to Ralph because he is aware of his weaknesses. He complements Ralph's character and knows his strengths lie in a supportive role.


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