Piggy was surrounded before he could back away. ‘Here- Let me go! ‘ His voice rose to a shriek of terror as Jack snatched the glasses off his face. ‘My specs! ‘ howled Piggy. ‘Give me my specs! ‘ (Gilding, 40) This is an injustice because Piggy’s glasses are torn off of his face and Jack had not even asked if he could use them for the fire. If Jack had simply asked Piggy for permission to use them, it was more than likely Piggy would have give them to him, as it was being used for something important. This quote also depicts how reliant Piggy is on his glasses.
Without his glasses, Piggy can rarely seer making him all the more susceptible and an easier target for Jack and the rest of the boys. Piggy knows this so he makes efforts to get his glasses back. Lighting a fire turned out to be a harder task than they boys had anticipated. The fire they made goes out quickly. As the boys talk amongst themselves trying to figure out what needs to be done now, Piggy tries to speak and Immediately Jack contemptuously tells him to be quiet. I got the conch. You let me speak! “‘ (Gilding, 34). As soon as they landed on the island, rules were established.
The first rule was that whoever has the conch may peak, and in such a short period of time Jack has already broken that rule. “The conch doesn’t count on top of the mountain, so you shut 43) Jack seems to think he can bend the rules in order for them to be in his favor. This is an injustice because, due to Piggy’s physique, Jack mistreats him. The concept of Jack not letting Piggy speak when he has got the conch coincides with how Piggy is unfit for life in the wild. Piggy is fat, has asthma, wears glasses, and cannot swim; all these things make him a vulnerable person.
Jack on the other hand, possesses none of these characteristics asking him feel superior to Piggy. Jacks picks up on this early on in the novel and in a sense marks Piggy as a target. Jack and Piggy’s relationship advances a step further in terms of violence when Jack hits Piggy, breaking one of his glasses lens for confronting him about letting the fire out, since a ship had passed by and they lost a chance of being rescued. Mayo and your blood, Jack Murdered! You and your hunting! We might have gone home!… You didn’t ought to have let that fire out. You said you’d keep the smoke going. This from Piggy, and the wails of agreement from some of he hunters drove Jack to violence… He [Jack] took a step… Stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach… Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off… Piggy cried out in terror. “‘ (Gilding, 74-75) Jack punches Piggy because he feels embarrassed that he did not keep his word and he now looks bad in front of his hunters and all the other boys. Therefore, he apologizes, not for hitting Piggy but for letting the fire out. This makes his actions all the more worse as he could not even apologize because he did not deem hitting Piggy wrong.
He did not want in any way to owe Piggy anything, and in this case he did not feel obligated to give Piggy an apology, even though it is clear that what he did to Piggy was completely unfair. It is now clear to Piggy that Jack will turn to violent measures if the situation called for it. This causes Piggy to fear Jacks more than ever, as he knows that Jack will do whatever is necessary to prove his point and show that he is right, instilling fear not only in Piggy but the rest if the boys. Later on in the novel, when Jack’s tribe is in desperate need of fire, they raid Rally’s camp and steal
Piggy’s glasses. “From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses. ” (Gilding, 186) When Piggy quickly realizes, what Jack and his tribe stole from him, he is appalled. “Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia. ‘”They blinded 187). This is the second time Jack has taken Piggy’s glasses from him without asking. This shows how Jack stills sees himself as superior to Piggy. Ralph is appointed chief immediately as soon as they land on the island. As time goes the boys stop following the rules, do not listen to Ralph, and leave him to finish several tasks, like building the shelters.
Early in the novel, when Ralph tells the boys that shelter is necessary, excitement rouses among the boys and they all help to build the first two shelters. However, as soon as they lose interest, all often leave Ralph and Simon to build the last shelter by themselves. ‘”All day lye been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing. ” (Gilding, 51 The quote expresses Rally’s frustration about how the boys have just left him to do all the work. This shows how early on the boys started to disobey Ralph and ignore his power/authority as chief, which, as depicted later on in the evolve, leads to many problems.
Another example of how the boys don’t listen to Jack and fail to follow a simple rule is when Sam and Eric let the fire out since they are pulled away by Jack to hunt, and during this time a ship passes by. Ralph, as soon as he was elected chief, established a few essential rules. One of them, was that they must keep a fire going, as the smoke would serve as a signal to alert anyone or anything passing by the island that there were young boys stranded there. 3. Boar The Littlest were the younger boys who are treated as almost one character ND are often dominated by the older boys. The Littlest’ ages range between 6-8 years old.
Throughout they are forgotten and ignored and in some cases taken advantage Of. Early in the novel, when the fire the boys started goes out of control. A little presumably dies in the fire. ‘”And that’s not all. The kids. The littlest. Who took any notice of ‘me? Who knows how many we got? That little had a mark on his-face- where is- he now? I tell you I don’t see him”‘ (Gilding, 46) Ralph, as chief, delegated tasks. He told Piggy told Piggy to take names. However, after the fire when Ralph was trying to makes sure all he boys were accounted for, he noticed there was a little missing, but did not know who.
This shows how the littlest are considered insignificant which is an injustice. As time goes on, several arguments and disagreements erupt among the older boys and the littlest are ignored. They are left to fend for themselves in terms of food and water. While on the island, their diet mainly consists of fruit and some meat. Most of the fruit were hung on trees and the littlest could not often reach them. “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach. ” (Gilding, 57). As the littlest could not reach the fruit, they loud have to hungrily wait until a begun would get the food down for them. Passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands. ” (Gilding, 57). Another major injustice towards the littlest are when the older boys choose to disrupt them for the fun of it. Roger and Maurice are the first among the older boys to inflict possible harm upon the littlest, as the ruin their sandcastle and throw Stones at them. Roger led the Way straight through the castles kicking them over… Maurice followed, and added to the destruction. Rodgers stooped, picked up a stone, aimed and threw it at Henry. (Gilding, 5). Roger and Maurice had no good reason at all to do this.