Two separate illustrations of an animal head and a fire on a mountain

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What does Piggy do after the meeting breaks up in Lord of the Flies?

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In chapter 5 Ralph calls a meeting to emphasize the importance of keeping the signal fire lit at all times so they don't miss another chance at being rescued. At the same time, he tries to deal with a number of "housekeeping" issues such as sanitation and work duties. However, the meeting deteriorates as the boys start discussing their fears. Jack speaks against "the rules" and leads most of the boys away in a "random scatter." 

Piggy's reaction to this is notable because he reacts as the voice of maturity and logic. He laments, "What's grownups going to say?" He prods Ralph to use the conch to reassemble the rowdy boys. He tells Ralph, "You got to be tough now." Ralph is afraid that doing so would seal the boys' rebellion and all order would crumble. When Ralph voices his confusion about ghosts and beasts, Piggy scolds him like a parent would. He then encourages Ralph to keep on in his role as chief, explaining that Jack is a dangerous threat, not just to order, but also to their lives. The three boys, Piggy, Ralph, and Simon, then begin to extol the virtues of adult life. 

In this scene, Golding uses Piggy to play the part of the "grown up" and to depict how the boys are straining to hold on to the last bits of civilized society. 

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