What are Piggy's last words?

Piggy's last words are "Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?"

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In chapter 11, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric acknowledge that there is no way of starting a signal fire without Piggy's glasses and decide to travel to Castle Rock to retrieve them. When the four boys arrive at Castle Rock, they are met by Jack 's armed guards, who...

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In chapter 11, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric acknowledge that there is no way of starting a signal fire without Piggy's glasses and decide to travel to Castle Rock to retrieve them. When the four boys arrive at Castle Rock, they are met by Jack's armed guards, who begin throwing rocks at them.

After Ralph blows the conch, Jack and his hunters emerge from the forest carrying the carcass of a pig. Tensions arise when Ralph confronts Jack about stealing Piggy's glasses and calls him a thief. Their confrontation turns physical when Jack attempts to stab Ralph with his spear, and the boys begin fighting. After Jack and Ralph's brief scuffle, Ralph addresses the entire group of boys and makes a desperate plea for civilization.

Jack responds by having Samneric taken hostage, and Piggy grabs the conch to address the group. As Piggy holds the conch, he says that Jack and his hunters are behaving like "a crowd of kids" and asks,

Which is better—to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?

Piggy proceeds to inquire if it is better to act like savages or conduct themselves civilly. As Piggy speaks, Roger prepares to push a massive boulder off the edge of the cliff. Piggy's last words are,

Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?

Piggy's final words underscore the main conflict of the story and highlight the theme of civilization versus savagery. Ultimately, Roger rolls a gigantic boulder down the side of the mountain, which instantly kills Piggy and shatters the conch.

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