What brings Ralph into closer sympathy with Piggy in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Piggy and Ralph's relationship has never been easy or simple.  From the very first day, Ralph betrayed Piggy's trust when he revealed to the other boys Piggy's nickname after Piggy implicitly asked him to keep it a secret.  Later, Piggy confronts Ralph about his misdeed:

"Ralph, looking with more understanding at Piggy, saw that he was hurt and crushed" (25).

Although Ralph does not respond to Piggy's honest confrontation with a heartfelt apology, even logical Piggy can appreciate the reason behind Ralph's "better Piggy than Fatty" comment.  This is the first moment of many scenes between Ralpha and Piggy, in which the larger boy commands Ralph's attention and eventually his sympathy.  Piggy intuitively understands Ralph's basic goodness and challenges him to be an even more fair and supportive friend.