Two separate illustrations of an animal head and a fire on a mountain

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What does Piggy say in chapters 1-6 of Lord of the Flies that reveals his civilized and intellectual character?

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While Piggy is alone with Ralph, he is the first to suggest that they gather the remaining survivors together and have a meeting. He is also first to recognize that there are no adult survivors; from his window, he had seen the other part of the plane with the pilot go down. He suggests to Ralph to sound the conch as a signal to the other boys and to learn each of their names. Piggy is more receptive and understanding of the young boys than anyone else, and he pushes the idea that whoever possesses the conch should be allowed to speak and be heard. He is the first to suggest that shelters be made immediately. He worries about the disappearance of the little boy with the mark on his face. He points out that the bonfire needs to be contained so as not to spread to other parts of the island. He suggests that they build a sundial so they could gauge the passing time. After a passing ship goes by, he calls out Jack for his decision to hunt instead of keeping the fire going as a signal. Piggy points out that there is no "beastie," and the only thing they have to fear is other people. 

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