Who is the most intelligent boy in the group in chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies?

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As evidenced by the ideas that he puts forth and his way of reasoning things out, most readers point to Piggy as the most intelligent one of the group, or at the very least the most rational.  In some ways his character is meant to represent a boy that has intelligence and the capability of reason but little else as he is too shy to go in front of the group and certainly too fat and weak to be a leader in the way Jack is.

Some might point to Ralph as being intelligent thanks to his ability to navigate his way to leadership, but it is really Piggy in his ear that guides him to that post.

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