Where's an example of distrust in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A strong example of distrust occurs very early on in the novel when Piggy tells Ralph about his humorous, yet cruel nickname "Piggy."  Piggy warns Ralph not to tell the others, but as soon as Ralph and Piggy join the other boys, Ralph blurts out the much-detested nickname to Jack:

"He's not Fatty," cried Ralph, "his real name's Piggy!" (21).

Piggy is crushed by Ralph's betrayal.  Moments later and with emotions running high, he finds Ralph and confronts him:

"'You told 'em. After what I said.'  His face flushed, his mouth trembled." (25)

Ralph loses Piggy's trust in this scene, but Piggy forgives Ralph for the transgression.  Even with forgiveness, Ralph, the hero and leader of the group, has already broken trust within the first few minutes of the formation of the tribe.


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