What are some quotes from Lord of the Flies that represent the friendship between Piggy and Ralph? One scene I can think of is where Jack steals Piggy's glasses and Ralph stands up for Piggy,...

What are some quotes from Lord of the Flies that represent the friendship between Piggy and Ralph? 

One scene I can think of is where Jack steals Piggy's glasses and Ralph stands up for Piggy, but for the life of me, I can't find this in the book and I can't think of any other scenes where their friendship is shown. 

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thetall | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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What was the sensible thing to do?

There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.

In chapter 12, Ralph shows that he also depended on Piggy for his input and advice, which signifies that he considered him a partner and friend. In the face of aggression from Jack and his group, Ralph is lost without his friend, and he misses him.

Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.

As the other children became emotional and recalled their time on the island, Ralph wept for his friend and recognized him for his wisdom and loyalty. The two boys ended up together soon after emerging from the wreckage, and throughout their time together up until Piggy’s demise, Piggy stood by Ralph's side despite the myriad of challenges that they faced.

Ralph glanced up at the pinnacles, then toward the group of savages. “Listen. We’ve come to say this. First you’ve got to give back Piggy’s specs. If he hasn’t got them he can’t see. You aren’t playing the game—”

Ralph and Piggy went to meet Jack in order to recover Piggy’s spectacles and restore the signal fire. The event showed Ralph’s and Piggy’s friendship. Ralph requested that Jack and the savages hand the specs back to Piggy because of the trouble Piggy was going through.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"If you give up," said Piggy, in an appalled whisper, "what 'ud happen to me?" (93).

This quote from Piggy reveals his dependency and honest trust in Ralph's leadership.  Piggy views Ralph as a friend and protector, someone who will look out for him against Jack's bullying.

"Listen.  We've come to say this.  First you've got to give back Piggy's specs.  If he hasn't got them he can't see" (177).

Ralph defends Piggy to Jack and his hunters at Castle Rock.  In this moment, he stands up for Piggy and demands that Jack return Piggy's glasses.  This show of friendship and loyalty from Ralph is important to Piggy who counted on Ralph as his champion against Jack and his hunters. 

"And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, and the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy" (202).

This final quote concerning Ralph's friendship with Piggy occurs at the very end of the novel as Ralph reminisces about the true cost of his time on the island.  In this moment, Ralph has the wisdom and perception to see Piggy for what he really was--a "true, wise friend" (202).

 

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