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In Lord Of the Flies, Piggy is characterized as both smart and sensitive. In Lord Of the Flies, by William Golding, Piggy is characterized as both smart and sensitive. When the kids get on the island, Piggy acts like the only one that knows what most things are and what to do. Piggy seems like the only one with common sense. Piggy says, “ an’ this is an island. Nobody don’t know we’re here. Your dad don’t know, nobody don’t know−” (14) Piggy is the only one that thinks no one knows the kids are on the island. This shows Piggy is very clever because he is using common sense and proving his point. Piggy also knows what the shell they find is, and shows common sense towards it, “−a conch; ever so expensive. I bet if you wanted to buy one you’d have to pay pounds and pounds and pounds− he had it on his garden wall, and my auntie−” (16) This quote shows that Piggy knows what the conch is. Therefore, he is characterized as smart. During this same scene, Piggy tells Roger what to use the conch for, "We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us—" (16) this quote tells us that Piggy appears very intelligent because he knows how to use the conch. He knows that the conch is loud enough for everyone on the island to hear it and come together. Piggy is also characterized as very sensitive. He gets bullied a lot and ganged up on by the people on the island. This is why Piggy gets very easily offended by people. The one person that is especially mean to Piggy is Ralph. Piggy gets very frustrated with Ralph, “About being called Piggy. I said I didn’t care as long as they didn’t call me Piggy; an’ I said not to tell and you went an’ said straight out−,” (25) Ralph tells everyone about Piggy’s name, and they all start laughing and harassing Piggy about it. Piggy had told Ralph not to tell but he went on anyways and did. Piggy runs after Ralph and tells him to stop but Ralph keeps on doing it. This shows Piggy is very easily offended because he runs after Ralph and demands an apology. Piggy becomes conscious and very insecure about himself when it comes to other people; “Piggy looked critically at Ralph’s golden body and then down at his own clothes.” (11) This quote tells us that Piggy is precarious about his body. He is looking at Ralph and comparing himself to him. These quotes prove that Piggy is both smart and sensitive. He is smart when it comes to knowing about things and what they are. He is very sensitive to things even though he likes getting the negative attention.

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