n somedifficult situations, some children can put aside their childish character andbecome an adult figure, a mature person able to make mature decisions.
This canbe seen with the character Piggy in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies.He is just an overweight with glasses intelligent boy who represents theintellectual balance to leaders of the British boys. When he finds himself loston a desert island with many other boys, he becomes the mature one. Even thoughhe is the most unpopular and disliked kid on the island, he never stops sayinghis mature point-of-view on the problems they have, and never stops trying toget the other kids to acknowledge his adult opinion.
Piggy represents the adultand rational figure of the island, this is proven many different ways in thewhole novel. The first whenit is seen how Piggy represents the rational adult figure is when at the beginningon the book he takes the initiative of writing down the names of the boys. Asif he was an adult Piggy sees each boy as a human being with the right of beingcalled by their name. It matters to him because people having names is a systemof rules and order. Even on meetings, Piggy respects the feelings and thoughtsof everyone, while the other boys just care about themselves. Again, as thecontrary to the others, he has a consideration for little the little boys: – “Lethim have the conch!” shouted Piggy. “Let him have it!”At last Ralph induced him to hold the shell but by then the blow of laughterhad taken away the child’s voice.
Piggy knelt by him, one hand on the greatshell, listening and interpreting to the assembly. – He, as an adultunderstands how difficult it can be for little boys to communicate so he alwaysstands up for them. Piggy acts responsibly with all the kids, such as the timehe goes to Castle Rock to try to save all the kids from becoming more savages.
Golding is able to show us how piggy is just doing it because as he says, “what’sright is right”. It is proven inother ways how Piggy is illustrated as the adult of the island, some of hisactions are the same that a parent would do. Sometimes, he is like the fatherof some of the boys. This can be seen in many situations such as when Jack andhis hunters abandon the fire to go hunting even though it was their task. Noexception is that the fire went out, but as soon as Piggy heard of it he getsmad “You didn’t ought to have let that fire out. You said you’d keep the smokegoing”.
He is just as a father telling what is wrong and what is right to hiskid.