In "Lord of the Flies", what do Piggy's concerns suggest about his character and level of intelligence? in "Lord of the Flies", Piggy reveals personal details and makes a number...

In "Lord of the Flies", what do Piggy's concerns suggest about his character and level of intelligence?

in "Lord of the Flies", Piggy reveals personal details and makes a number of comments about the boys' plight and the possibility of others survivors.  What does he say?

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Piggy tells us that he believes there are other boys, like he and Ralph, scattered about the island. He also tells Ralph that the plane they were in that crash landed, and was apparently broken in half, was dragged out to sea by the storm.  He tells Ralph that his aunt told him he shouldn't run because of his asthma.  He explains that he doesn't care what people call him as long as they don't call him "Fatty" because that's what he was called at school and he clearly didn't like that name.  It's clear from what Piggy says that his aunt wouldn't let him do, that his aunt coddled him and that she's the reason he's overweight.  His aunt, with whom he lived, owned a candy store and they lived in an apartment above it.  Piggy reminds Ralph, who wants to believe that authorities know where they are, that the pilot told them there had been an atom bomb and that all the people back home were dead.  Piggy is the one who tells Ralph that they need to find the others; that they have to do something.  It is also Piggy who tells Ralph about how to use the conch shell.  This all tells us that Piggy is realistic and intelligent. He is organized and understands the need for them to take their situation seriously and to set up some sort of order.  Clearly, Piggy is intelligent and intuitive despite having lived a sheltered life.  He has probably struggled to be understood and listened to most of his life.

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