Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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How did Piggy change throughout "Lord of the Flies"? What do the changes mean?

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More adult in appearance--thinning hair, compromised athletic ability, impaired vision, heavy with physical ailments--Piggy is the voice of maturity in the first chapter of "Lord of the Flies."  He is rational and desires order:  "We got to do something."  He suggests a meeting with the conch used as a call to order.

In the absence of adults, Piggy's is the voice of civilization.  But, he only has effectiveness through Ralph , the fair-haired boy who has control as a figure-head.  As the trappings of civilization...

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bobdob24 | Student

Piggy becomes more confident and stands up for himself after Jack steals his glasses.

duaa | Student

till the 10th chapter piggy seemed to be wise as he gave wise ideas and indeed we see that he was the only wise boy in the novel.

later in the 11th chapter when his glasses (who were the symbol of wisdom) were stolen by jack and his tribe he started to talk nonsence and became blank from the wise ideas he gave prviousl in the novel.