Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, why does Piggy suggest they create a clock?

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Piggy suggests making a clock—or, more specifically, a sundial:

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “about a clock. We could make a sundial."

When the others scoff at the idea, Piggy says that it would be a low-tech item that would be easy to construct. He argues that it would be useful because if the boys kept track of the time, they could get more done toward being rescued.

Perhaps because he wears glasses, has asthma, and is dependent on civilization to meet his needs, Piggy wants the boys to stay as organized and civilized as possible. He fears a descent into chaos and savagery. Being conscious of time is one of the hallmarks of the society he has left, and he perceives the value in maintaining those orderly ways. He believes the boys need to act in coordinated ways if they hope to attract attention and get off the island.

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The character Piggy in Lord of the Flies is dedicated to maintaining a sense of order and routine. It was Piggy who first suggested that they use the conch as a talking stick so that no one's voice would get lost in the crowd and they could make decisions as a group. It's also Piggy who suggests that the boys should create shelters for themselves, and he is a major player in keeping the signal fire alive so that they can maintain some hope of rescue. All of these actions are motivated by similar aspects of Piggy's character as his idea to build sundials: Piggy believes that life can go back to how it was before, and he wants to keep what life he currently has from degrading so far from that idea as to be unrecognizable.

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In Lord of the Flies, a group of boys stranded on a desert island try to make sense of their surroundings and to find a suitable way to survive until they are rescued. However, the boys have very different ideals and plans for their time on the island and therefore there is a power struggle as Ralph and all that he signifies attempts to bring order and...

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