In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, explain how Ralph disappointed Piggy.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Piggy and Ralph are two of the main characters in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies. They meet after they, along with other English schoolboys, have been stranded on a tropical island without any adults; and, from the very beginning of their relationship, Piggy is disappointed in Ralph.

Piggy asks Ralph's name, which Ralph tells him; however, Ralph does not care enough about Piggy to ask his name in return. Piggy has to tell him. When Piggy has to stop to go to the bathroom, Ralph quickens his pace, hoping to distance himself from the fat, asthmatic, bespectacled boy.

Then, as the answer above says, Ralph gleefully announces Piggy's name to all the other boys. He also fails to choose Piggy to go with him to explore the mountain, despite Piggy's reminder that “I was with him when he found the conch. I was with him before anyone else was.”

Later in the novel Ralph will come to appreciate Piggy's guidance and help, but at the beginning of their relationship Ralph is dismissive and cruel to Piggy. 

muhammednusky | Student

1.Telling everyone his name was 'piggy'.

2.Not allowing him to come up the hill with Jack and Simon to see if they were in a country or an island.


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