What are the key differences between Ralph and Piggy that are seen in Chapter 1?Two good points please! Thanks!

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Initially, Ralph is described as "the fair boy" and Piggy is described as the "fat boy." "Fair" does refer to the lightness of his hair, but the word also means just, beautiful, and honest. These descriptions work out to be true. Piggy is fat, wears glasses, can't swim, and has asthma: all three are mild but real physical handicaps. These descriptions are accurate and the other boys will focus on these traits much more than they will on Piggy's mental abilities. Ralph is described as having the potential to be a boxer, so his athleticism is noted. In terms of physicality, Ralph and Piggy are opposites. 

In terms of mental ability, Ralph is a confident, natural leader and Piggy is awkward but intelligent and a decent organizer. Piggy is the first to insist on having a meeting and decides to call the others with the conch. 

As "fair" (just) as Ralph is, even he does not ask for Piggy's real name. However, they are the two most sensible, older boys on the island. 


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