Piggy comes up with the idea to make a list of the boys on the island. What does this reveal about his character?
In Chapter 1, Piggy suggests to Ralph that they make a list of names of the boys on the island. After Ralph blows the conch, the remaining boys on the island group together and hold an assembly. During the assembly, Piggy tries desperately to get everyone's name but is unable to do so. Piggy's suggestion to make a list of names illustrates his affinity for structure and civilization. Piggy is the most intelligent boy on the island and understands the importance of maintaining order. Creating a list of names also demonstrates that Piggy has his priorities in the right order. Piggy is pragmatic and attempts to organize the boys. Unfortunately, he is not able to list the littluns, and a young boy goes missing after they accidentally set the forest on fire. As the novel progresses, Piggy's representation of civilization, structure, and intelligence becomes more evident.