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

The relationship between Jack and Piggy in Lord of the Flies is characterized by mutual loathing. This is largely due to a major difference in personality. Jack is a violent, domineering alpha male, whereas Piggy is a shy, overweight scholar. At first, Jack picks on Piggy, just like most of the boys. But over time he graduates towards violence, punching Piggy in the face and causing his glasses to break.

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It's not surprising that Jack and Piggy don't get on. Jack is one of life's natural bullies, whereas Piggy is the kind of boy who regularly finds himself on the receiving end of bullying. Shy, brainy, and overweight, he's a natural target for being picked on, especially in a British public school environment where those considered "too clever by half" are generally despised. (Incidentally, in Britain, a public school is the name given to an elite, fee-paying institution, not like public schools in the United States).

Jack and Piggy are like chalk and cheese and their mutual interactions are generally confined to insults and acts of violence. (All of them emanating from Jack, of course). In some ways, Jack feels threatened by Piggy's evidently superior intelligence. Whereas Jack wants to be in charge, he's not prepared to put in the hard work necessary to make a success of life on the island. Piggy, on the other hand, uses his brains to figure out ways to solve practical problems, such as...

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