Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What Does Piggy Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

What does Piggy symbolize in Lord of the Flies?

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Piggy is the much-hated, overweight boy on the island who represents exactly what the boys are turning away from: rational thinking. It is Piggy who determines that they need to count the number of boys on the island. It is Piggy who decides to use the conch to assemble the boys. It is Piggy who wants to learn everyone's name. It is Piggy who tells the group that the beast can't be real. And it is Piggy who notes that the signal fire should be moved to increase their chances of survival.

Piggy's ideas aren't valued because of his weight and physical challenges; the other boys find him pathetic...

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Piggy symbolizes intelligence, timidity, and curiosity...

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i think that piggy symbolizes:intelligence, responsbility, sensibility and intellectuality

as he is the one who is concerned about what will happen to them and he is aware of the serious problem they are facing.

and i think that Goldings also wants to say that people are ignoring scientists and don't care much about their opinion as piggy here symbolizes the scientist who is thinking about a solution for their problem.

However,the boys made fun of him and didn't listen to him when he was always right.

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