What is the significance of Piggy's plea to join the expedition?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What is the significance of Piggy's plea to join the expedition?

If this refers to the initial plea to join the group of boys, in the first chapter, it sets up themes for the entire novel: the idea that Piggy is a bit of an outsider, has to ask permission, is the (rejected) voice of reason, provides glasses that can be used to produce fire, etc.

If this refers to his request to join the visit to the other boys in Chapter 9, the meaning is related, but more focused; it shows him supporting Ralph's residual authority and sets up the final ruptures in civilization by pushing an accidental confrontation.

Greg

sexxi101 | Student

Piggy played an important part in The Lord of the Flies. If it weren't for him, the boys wouldn't have fire. Piggy's plea to be a part of the others is strong considering he was ignored in chapter one. If Piggy hadn't tried so hard, maybe he would still be pleading.

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