What does Piggy like about himself in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Piggy is the novel's most intelligent character who is continually ridiculed by the other boys because of his weight, asthma, and whiny attitude. Although Piggy struggles to become friends with the boys, he considers himself to be Ralph's biggest supporter. Throughout the novel, Ralph does not consider Piggy a "friend," but he does defend Piggy when others attempt to bully him. As the novel progresses, Ralph loses respect from the majority of the boys, but Piggy remains loyal. In Chapter 8, Ralph and Piggy are discussing how their makeshift society has broken down, and Ralph asks Piggy what makes things break apart. Golding writes, "When he understood how far Ralph had gone toward accepting him he flushed pinkly with pride" (140). Piggy likes the fact that Ralph has begun to rely upon him and views him favorably. Piggy is proud that he was the first boy to follow Ralph and remains loyal to the chief. Piggy also believes that he has good ideas. Piggy recognizes the fact that he is intelligent. When the other boys agree with his ideas, he feels a sense of pride. In Chapter 8, Piggy mentions that they should move the signal fire from the mountain to the platform. When everyone agrees, Piggy feels satisfied and proud of his contribution.

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