the lord of the flies
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Piggy doesn't have much to be proud of. He is humiliated or he is ignored. For Piggy, asthma at least gives him something that stands out. I think he also uses it, at times, as an excuse to escape physical labour.
piggy's asthma is an indication of his lack of self - confidence when with his peers. piggy's asthma comes on at times of stress when he has to face his peers (the assembly where the beast's concept is first brought up and piggy has an asthma attack).