What change can be seen in Piggy when he fights with Ralph in the water? 

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Chapter 9 is the place to look for this particular sequence. The chapter begins with Simon discovering the dead man and parachute. After that, readers get an interesting and short sequence about Ralph and Piggy getting ready to head up to Jack's party. Ralph decides that they need to take a bath, so he jumps into the nearby water. Ralph playfully shoots some water at Piggy, and Piggy tells Ralph to knock it off. He doesn't want his glasses getting wet, because he doesn't want to have to clean them.

"Mind my specs," said Piggy. "If I get water on the glass I got to get out and clean 'em."

Ralph squirted again and missed. He laughed at Piggy, expecting him to retire meekly as usual and in pained silence. Instead, Piggy beat the water with his hands.

"Stop it!" he shouted. "D'you hear?"

Furiously he drove the water into Ralph's face.

Ralph, being a typical teenage boy, doesn't listen to Piggy. Piggy has never really stood up to anybody and defended himself, so Ralph thinks it's good fun to keep pestering him. Unexpectedly to readers and Ralph, Piggy lets it be known through his voice and his actions that he isn't going to stand being pestered and bullied anymore. He's demanding respect from Ralph, and the brief scene shows that Piggy's character is changing from somebody that the boys assume can be pushed around to somebody that is finally going to push back.

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In Chapter 9, Ralph and Piggy jump into a pool of water to bathe, and Ralph squirts water into Piggy's face. Piggy then tells Ralph, "Mind my specs...If I get water on the glass I got to get out and clean ’em" (Golding 211). Ralph doesn't listen to Piggy and squirts him in the face again. Ralph laughs at Piggy and expects him to meekly swim away without saying anything. Instead of taking Ralph's abuse, Piggy retaliates by yelling, "Stop it!" and shoves water into Ralph's face (Golding 211). Ralph is shocked and immediately stops squirting Piggy with water. Piggy's response indicates that he is becoming more protective of his glasses, which symbolically represents his feelings towards maintaining civility on the island. At this point in the novel, Piggy realizes the importance of remaining civil and defending himself against the impending barbarism.

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