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What are some quotes about Piggy in Chapter 11 of Lord of the Flies?

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"Piggy sought in his mind for words to convey his passionate willingness to carry the conch against all odds." (Golding 172) Ralph extends the conch to Piggy and invites him to carry it to Castle Rock. Piggy's willingness to carry the conch describes his drive to maintain a civil society in the dire situation. The boys decided to go to Castle Rock to confront Jack and retrieve Piggy's glasses. Piggy tells Ralph that he must carry the conch when they approach Castle Rock, but is honored to carry it on the way there. Piggy understands the importance of letting Ralph hold the conch in front of Jack's tribe. The conch is a symbol of civility and power, and since Ralph was the elected leader, he must display his authority by holding the conch.

"Piggy held up the conch and booing sagged a little, then came up to strength again." (Golding 179) Piggy is attempting to remind the boys of their civil upbringing and gain their attention by holding up the conch. This occurrence represents the remnants of civility remaining in the savage children. When they first see the conch, they begin to boo less because they recognize its authority. When the boys start to boo louder, they dismiss the power of the conch, effectively symbolizing their dismissal of a civil society.

"The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." (Golding 181) This quote describes Piggy's death. Roger rolls a massive bolder down the hill, striking and killing Piggy instantly. The bolder also smashes the conch, which symbolizes the complete destruction of civility on the island.

"Piggy's arm and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it has been killed." (Golding 181) This quote describes the way Piggy's body moves after he is dead. Golding's description connects Piggy to the hunted pigs who are victims of the boys' barbarism.

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