Lord of the Flies
Peter and Andi
Compare the ways in which Piggy and Simon attempt to prevent the boys from descending into savagery?
You should consider in your answer
Piggy’s intelligence and how the boy’s reject his suggestions
The debates over the rescue fires and shelters
The conflict between Jack and Piggy
Simons attempts to discover the truth about the beast
The deaths of Piggy and Simon
Early encounters with Piggy set in our minds the type of character he is for the rest of the book
“I was the only boy in our school what had astha”
Endlessly talking of his auntie
His failed attempts at getting his point across
His strong opinions, and vast general knowledge
How Piggy reacts to the different situations he is placed in
Doesn’t join in when they all go to start a fire, he calls them “Kids”
Doesn’t retaliate violently to his glasses being stolen
“Clings” to the conch till the bitter end
Always tries to bring adult reasoning to the situations he is placed in
From the very beginning we can get a strong feeling for the type of character that he is.
He is kind natured , he helps the littluns get fruit (p51)
He has a powerful understanding of the fears which the boys are experiencing and appreciates that the fear is related to “mankind’s essential illness”
How Simon reacts to the different situations he is placed in
He willingly volunteers to help Piggy and Ralph to build the shelters
He is physically brave. He goes by himself up the mountain
He accompanies Jack and Ralph in their Expedition into the jungle and alone he tries to find the real source of the boys fears because he know that if they can deal with these fears then they may be able to survive
Both the boys are in many ways very stereotypical, Piggy is a fat smart boy with glasses, and Simon is intellectual yet “far away”.
Both have problems, Simon with his form of epilepsy and Piggy with his astha.
Both boys are much smarter than the others,
Piggy is good at practical solutions to their difficulties e.g. making shelters, keeping the rescue fire going, getting organised.
Simon is good at seeing the source of the boys fears and intuitively realises that if they can come to terms with their fears they can get on with each other, survive on the island and can perhaps get back.
Both boys are , to an extent, rejected by the others. Simon is called “Batty” while Piggy is called “fatty”. It does not seem strange that it is these two boys that are killed on the island.