In Lord of the Flies, however, children must fend for themselves and elect their own leader—and Piggy, wise but scorned, is never seriously considered.
Though Piggy is intelligent, rational, and innovative, he lacks the charisma and facility with language that both Ralph and Jack possess, traits that the book suggests play crucial roles in establishing their authority.
Using the essay topics below in conjunction with the list of important quotes from Lord of the Flies by William Golding, you should have no trouble connecting with the text and writing an excellent essay. When the boys are stranded on the island, they are left to their own devices and it is not until the novel's end that an adult appears to rescue them.
Despite the absence of actual adults, the boys are constantly referring to adults (see quotes, below) and they believe that they are attempting to construct an adult world.
In any group of children, it’s a given that some will be popular and powerful while others will be teased and rejected.
In the real world, adults use their authority to control these divisions and maintain a balanced group dynamic.
Jack’s leadership is rooted in intimidation, which appeals to the boys once the island turns savage.
The boys’ negative reaction to Piggy’s physical unattractiveness emphasizes the role external personas play in establishing command; the boys’ don’t so much reject Piggy because he is ugly, but because he does not know how to play the role of a leader.
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