Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Explain the relationships between Jack and Piggy in Lord of the Flies.

Expert Answers info

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write9,201 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Jack and Piggy absolutely despise each other, and the two characters have a hostile, antagonistic relationship. Golding utilizes Jack and Piggy to represent two completely opposite archetypes, which are savagery and civilization. Jack represents savagery and mankind's uncivil, primitive natural state. He is only focused on hunting, killing pigs, and playing by the pool. Jack has no desire to establish a civilized society on the uninhabited tropical island and challenges Ralph on virtually every policy issue and rule he creates. In contrast, Piggy represents intelligence, civilization, and order. He has a completely opposite personality and subscribes to an entirely different ideology. Piggy is a proponent of civility, a strong supporter of Ralph, and is opposed to Jack's belief system and lifestyle. Jack continually interrupts Piggy when he is speaking, physically and verbally abuses him, and intimidates Piggy whenever he gets the chance. Piggy views Jack with contempt and relies on Ralph's...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 589 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write1,721 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

jilllessa eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write310 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

check Approved by eNotes Editorial