Piggy's Glasses Symbol In Lord Of The Flies

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If you crashed on a deserted island with no way of getting home, what would you do? In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the story takes place during World War 2 and there are a group of boys being evacuated from Britain and the plane is shot down. The plane crashes on a deserted tropical island and the boys that are on the plane are trying to figure out ways to survive and get home. They go through challenges that wear them out both physically and mentally. On the island, one of the older boys, Piggy, is the boy that has glasses and is clever. Golding portrays the glasses as a symbol that represents taking advantage of lower power, which shows that an object can have a deeper meaning than what it seems. The boys have landed on …show more content…

Once Ralph takes the glasses from Piggy and tries to set the wood on fire, the imagery is showing how the fire was set. The imagery of the way the wood was set on fire shows that while the fire might help save them, they have to steal Piggy’s glasses in the process. The boys tried to set a fire by rubbing wood together but that didn’t work so they used Piggy’s glasses as ‘burning glasses’. They took advantage of his lower …show more content…

Secondly, once Ralph stole the glasses, Piggy started to yell at Ralph to give his specs back and started to complain about not being able to see. Piggy says “‘My specs!’ howled Piggy. ‘Give me my specs!’ Ralph stood away from the pile and put the glasses into Piggy’s groping hands. His voice subsided into a mutter. ‘Jus’ blurs, that’s all. Hardly see my hand--’”(41). Ralph finally gives Piggy his glasses back and Piggy starts to go on a rant. Piggy starts to use a complaining tone in his voice once he gets his glasses back. The tone is used to portray that when they took the glasses from Piggy, they took away his sense of sight. The boys took advantage of his weakness to make a fire but they also degraded Piggy. Piggy complains that he can’t see and that everything is just a blur and the glasses symbolize how the boys made him feel weak by taking them away from him. Finally, later on in the book Jack hit Piggy on the back of his head and that is when his glasses fell and broke on the rock. Then “Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks”(71). When the signal fire

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