Lord of the Flies

Piggy doesn't want the other boys to know his hated nickname. Why does he tell Ralph?

a. Why does Ralph betray that confidence?

b. What do you think Golding is demonstrating here by this?

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Ralph spills the beans about Piggy's nickname despite Piggy's earlier plea not to say anything. Of course the boys find the name "Piggy" hysterical and Piggy feels betrayed. Piggy confronts Ralph and Ralph "hovers between apology and further insult". Ralph is new at navigating his role as chief. To apologize could show weakness and to insult further would be unusually cruel. Ralph choses a mid point. He says, "Better Piggy than fatty." Ralph is navigating those perilous waters between friendship, politics and the optics of a leader. I think Golding is demonstrating how low Piggy is on the social hierarchy, we never find out his real name, as well as how Ralph is navigating becoming chief.