In "Lord of the Flies", does Piggy always deal in a scientific and rational way?

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Older in appearance with his heaviness, thinning hair and spectacles, Piggy represents adult society/civilized society. In Golding's "The Lord of the Flies," there are characters who represent a type in society. As one such character, Piggy, does, indeed, approach issues in a scientific rational manner.  For, it is Piggy who understands the paramount importance of maintaining order as he suggests the use of the conch for meetings.  He, also, realizes that building the shelters is important to the survival of the boys; when the fire on top of the mountain nearly destroys the island, it is Piggy who suggests that the fire be moved toward the beach.

Yet, as his name indicates, Piggy is but a boy, just as the others are boys.  So, at times he is ineffectual against another who can bully him, such as Jack whose physical prowess is superior to the asthmatic, myopic, heavy Piggy.  However, it is always apparent that Piggy represents the intellectual powers of man because Jack, with his primordial instincts, senses that his foe, Piggy, must be destroyed in order for savagery to rule the island.  Symbolically, the conch, the instrument of order, is broken along with Piggy, whose head is broken, against the rock, "that token of preposterous time," signifying the end of rationality and the dominance of a Stone Age behavior.

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