Although Piggy is seen as a weak individual, he gains confidence in frustration of his intelligence penalized. Unfortunately, because of his physical and medical issues, he becomes a social outcast from the pressure of society in which intelligence is considered unimportant. The outsider is eventually bullied and it comes to a point where Piggy is killed because of his unappreciated existence. William Golding shows that intelligence is not valued.
Piggy’s physical and medical issues are what complicates him and are in the way of his capability of doing activities the others can accomplish. The others are confident in themselves and are ready to participate. On the other hand, Piggy is the exact opposite; he is a person who lives in his mind whereas the others live their bodies instead. Their assumption is that he is odd and abnormal which results to him not fitting in. The boys look upon Piggy as just the “smart guy”, which is commonly found as a social outcast. A weak individual such as Piggy have difficulty fitting in since our society has pushed the idea of popularity and control as a positive impact. In order to have that, you must have authority, but befriending Piggy weakens that chance since the others will likely judge.
The boys ended up only judging and insulting Piggy as a result of not actually taking the time to get to know him. Instead, he gave them a poor first impression. It would be common knowledge to them, to disrespect Piggy’s words and actions since they would have no significance. Even Ralph strays from his ideas simply because he and the boys included, do not yearn for the truth, as it is not needed and not an important factor to them. The boys saw the truth of his criticisms and they resented it for it, and were annoyed how he couldn’t see his own flaws instead. However, his strengths are recognized, but are penalized instead. He isn’t only bright, but innovative as well. Making the sundials was a remarkable suggestion, but his ideas are rejected. The thought of civilization is not apparent to the boys, so Piggy’s ideas on keeping in order are pointless.
Golding shows one of the important symbols of civilization are his glasses. This represents the intellectual side of humanity. His eyesight may be weak, but his insight is powerful. Piggy is bullied to the point where his glasses are taken away which he depends on, so the consequence is being helpless whereas the others can handle the rigor of the island. He gains confidence thus standing up for himself, but only makes matters worse in which he is killed. Piggy’s character is unappreciated by the boys and his intelligence is ignored and uncared for. They see him as just another animal hence him being killed as though he was one. Ironically, they have become animals themselves by the acceptance of murder. His presence is not welcomed as well as his insight.
Piggy remains powerless with absolutely no one acknowledging and highly respecting for what he says and his intelligence. As a consequence of Piggy being useless and pointless, he gets killed. Even when he is courteous and stands up for himself, the others continue to push him down. His intelligence is needless and valueless since our society persuaded the thought of excluding the truth from intelligence. Throughout the novel, Golding makes us aware and informs us how intelligence ends up being penalized.