Why should Piggy be the leader in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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There are several arguments to support the idea that Piggy should be the leader in the novel Lord of the Flies. Piggy is by far the most intelligent individual on the island and is capable of making the right decisions as the boys' leader. He views life as "scientific" and solves problems pragmatically. Unlike the majority of the boys, Piggy has the ability to prioritize the essential elements needed for rescue and survival. Piggy is also the most civilized boy on the island, and he values rules, cooperation, and democracy. A good leader is always willing to listen to others, and Piggy believes that each child should have the opportunity to voice their opinion. Another quality of good leaders that Piggy possesses is a strong will. His opinions are not easily swayed, and he does not cower to adversity. Throughout the novel, Piggy is continually standing up for himself against Jack and is not afraid to speak his mind. Ralph is continually second guessing himself and does not enforce the rules like a leader should, and Jack is a tyrannical maniac. Out of all the boys, Piggy is the only one who knows exactly what he stands for and does not lose touch with reality which is why he should be the leader.

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