Why is Piggy a social outcast in William Golding's Lord Of The Flies, and how do the boys make him feel uneasy?

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Except for Simon, and to a lesser degree, Ralph, the boys on the island are immature, unkind, and ungenerous in the absence of any adults who would function to encourage more thoughtful and kind behavior. Piggy is an easy target for their inhumanity for two reasons: his physical self and his behavior. Piggy is overweight, a physical characteristic that has long carried social stigma. The other boys exclude him and ridicule him for that and the fact that he can't swim; even Ralph is contemptuous, as is seen when he says "sucks to your ass-mar" when Piggy cites his asthma as the reason he wasn't allowed to swim. Piggy is also unpopular because he is often the voice of reason, urging the boys to set and follow agreed-upon rules and work together instead of indulging their baser urges. In Piggy, the boys hear echoes of their parents and teachers.

The boys make Piggy feel uneasy because to him, the others behave "like a crowd of kids" who begin by behaving in an undisciplined manner and progress...

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