In Lord of the Flies, how is Piggy handicapped?

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rshaffer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Piggy is handicapped due to his excessive weight and asthma.  Although he is intelligent, he is seldom taken seriously by the others and often times is the butt of their jokes.  His excess weight and asthma makePiggy a "man of thought" not of action; therefore, he can be effective with his perceptive ideas without Ralph.  In addition, without his glasses he blind and helpless.  Jack further renders Piggy disabled when he crushes one of his lenses and steals the other.  Because of his handicaps, Piggy eventually is crushed by a huge rock rolled down the hill by Roger.

ebarnesphx eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Piggy is a short and overweight boy who wears glasses and represents order and democracy. He is afflicted with asthma and doesn't care to do strenuous work on the island. He tries very hard to cling to civilization, and tries his best to keep peace. While probably the smartest boy on the island, he lacks any social skills whatsoever, and has trouble communicating or fitting in with the others.

dswain001 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Piggy is handicapped physically as well as socially. He is short and overweight. When most of the boys are showing the fist signs of adolescence, Piggy is still rounded and fleshy. Hence, the name Piggy. Piggy's weight coupled with his "asth-mar" makes it difficult if not reluctant to do any work around the island.

d13gogo | Student

I'm sorry to say but all the comments above are wrong he was hanicapped when Jack slapped him in the head and broke one side of his glasses

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