Character Sketch on Piggy from Lord of the Flies

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In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Piggy can be classified as both envious and persistent. The reader can first see his envious side when Piggy first meets Ralph. Their airplane had just crashed on the hot and sticky island and Ralph takes his clothes off.

He wiped his glasses and adjusted them on his button nose. The frame had made a deep, pink "V" on the bridge. He looked critically at Ralph's golded body and then down at his own clothes (Golding 11).

Even though it doesn't say that Piggy was envious of Ralph's thin body, it is implied because of the word usage and the author describes him as short, fat, and having asthma. Another instance that shows how envious Piggy is of Ralph is when Ralph is swimming in the lagoon. The boys weren't used to the extreme heat so Ralph decides to take a swim.

Piggy has asthma so he can not even swim. "Piggy appeared again, sat on the rock ledge and watched Ralph's green and white body enviously" (Golding 13). In this example Piggy's envy is clearly stated in the sentence itself. He is extremely jealous of both Ralph's body and of the fact that Ralph can swim. This also shows Piggy's persistence because Ralph is clearly ignoring him but Piggy just keeps on talking. It only seems that Piggy is persistent towards Ralph and nobody else. Whenever Jack is around Piggy never says much. Piggy's envy also helps him be persistent to Ralph because Ralph is the only person that Piggy feels comfortable talking to. An example of this is when the three boys, Simon, Jack, and Ralph, are walking along the beach for a while, and ready to explore the mountain. Piggy really wants to come:"I'll come."Ralph turned...