Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What part of human nature does Piggy represent in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding? 

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Piggy represents the intellectual, but he also represents a universal aspect of human nature: the desire to be needed or wanted.

From the beginning, readers learn that Piggy's father has died and that there has been some situation with his mother that has placed him in his aunt's care. On the island, he quickly tries to align with Ralph and win him over by confiding in him. Ralph quickly breaks that trust, telling the group of boys about Piggy's nickname, which he asked Ralph not to reveal.

Piggy also shares his glasses, not completely willingly, at least in part to try to win the good graces of the group. Eventually, Jack and his boys steal Piggy's broken glasses, leaving him unable to see well.

Piggy is always seen as one on the fringes of society, desperately trying to find approval or friendship, but never fully realizing this goal.

As Roger prepares to kill Piggy, he views him as a "bag of fat." Though Piggy stands proclaiming truth and trying to help the boys see the wisdom of Ralph's...

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