Please explain the development of Piggy and Ralph's relationship in "Lord of the Flies".how it started, than how they started coming closer and than before Piggys death

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the beginning of the novel, Ralph finds Piggy to be annoying and is relatively unsympathetic to his situation. Despite Piggy's obvious affinity for Ralph, Ralph calls Piggy by his unflattering nickname and attempts to distance himself from the overweight child. As the novel progresses, Jack begins to antagonize both Ralph and Piggy by continually interrupting assemblies and disagreeing with Ralph's decisions. Jack immediately becomes enemies with Piggy, who only becomes closer to Ralph because he knows that Ralph will protect him. As Jack becomes increasingly savage, Ralph and Piggy's bond becomes stronger.

Ralph and Piggy see eye-to-eye on important issues, such as maintaining a signal fire, building huts, and preparing to be rescued. Piggy often encourages Ralph to continue challenging Jack's reign and reiterates important issues whenever Ralph appears to be forgetting them. Towards the end of the novel, Piggy and Ralph stand side by side as they approach Castle Rock to addresses Jack's savage behavior. Ralph allows Piggy to carry the conch on the journey to the other end of the island and even defends Piggy during his climactic argument with Jack. Piggy and Ralph are the two characters who stand in the most stark contrast to Jack and his band of savages. They support civility and challenge Jack's tyrannical reign throughout the novel. Unfortunately, Ralph cannot prevent Piggy from becoming another victim of Jack's brutality when Roger hurls a giant boulder towards him. 

luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the opening of the story, Ralph and Piggy are the first two boys to be introduced.  It is just the two of them on the beach after the crash.  Piggy, the first to speak, wants to be friends.  Ralph just seems to glory in being alive and on the beach.  Ralph makes fun of Piggy's size, giving him the only name by which he's known in the story, and of Piggy's asthma.  This doesn't seem like the beginning of a good friendship, but it is.  Many times, Ralph appears frustrated with Piggy because Piggy continually is that nagging voice of reason and common sense. He often reminds Ralph of the need for basic necessities and of the need for order.  Part of Ralph would like to ignore Piggy and be an irresponsible kid, but a greater part of him realizes, that the time for irresponsibility is over and he must take charge.  Through this back and forth the friendship grows.  By the beginning of chapter 10, the bond between Ralph and Piggy is strong as they sit in shock and despair over Simon's death.  By the end of the story, Ralph is weeping over who he now realizes was his "true, wise friend".

wwjd | Student

At the beginning of the book, Ralph sees only Piggy's flaws. He sees him as an overwieght, asthmatic annnoyance. As the story progresses, Ralph realizes that being a leader is more than just being able to swim or having a dad in the navy. He begins to see that Piggy is wise, intelligent, and loyal, despite his physical flaws and lack of social skills.

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