Piggy Foreshadowing Analysis

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The wild is a savage place that causes young boys to perform crazy, uncivilized actions. In William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, and John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men, the common theme of death was foreshadowed through Piggy only being considered useful for his spectacles, and the death of Candy’s dog, the fact that the boys hunt and eat pigs, and the death of the water snake, and the dehumanization of Piggy and Lennie. Piggy’s death is foreshadowed by only being considered useful for his spectacles, much like that of the reason for the death of Candy’s dog. In the novel Lord of the Flies, Piggy is a chubby boy with asthma and bad eyesight, therefore he wears spectacles. The boys are struggling to survive and one key to survival is fire. The boys are arguing about how to start a fire when one boy…show more content…
Before this, Piggy was struggling to find his usefulness because his asthma prevented him from helping with manual labor. Throughout the novel, Piggy is ignored by the other boys except when they need his incendiary tool. Piggy’s role on the island is also reasoning and being the adult, which means he ruins all the fun making him an outsider. “Finally, Piggy's role—as man's reasoning faculties and as a father—derives some of its complexity from the fact that the fire which the children foster and guard on the mountain in the hope of communicating with the adult world is lighted with his glasses” (Mannori). Piggy is the ‘adult’ that brings the children fire. In Lord of the Flies, when Piggy’s specs are stolen, he is no longer useful, and the boys kill him. In Of Mice and Men, Candy’s dog has also outgrown his usefulness. This causes Carlson to strongly suggest that Candy should shoot him. “You wouldn’t think it to look at him
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