William Golding’s “Lord Of The Flies”

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William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” abounds with symbols. Piggy is the most important. Piggy is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and power among the children on the island. He is often undermined because of his obesity, “ass-mar”, myopia, and lack of physical ability.
Piggy is different from the rest of the boys in physical appearance. His wispy hair and glasses make him seem older than he really is. As the days pass, the other boys hair grow longer and Piggy’s seems to thin. “Piggy’s hair still lay in wisps over his head as though baldness were his natural state, and this imperfect covering would soon go, like the velvet on a young stag’s antlers” (Golding). Golding ...view middle of the document...

His Aunt refrained him from things normal boys would do, and he stayed in bed because of his condition. “I been in bed so much I done some thinking; I know about people” (Golding 93). This shows how Piggy developed his strong belief in scientific explanations and rational solutions to problems (Pink). Piggy also realizes the state of civilization that the children are in. The lack of organization, the failure to keep the signal going, and the poorly built shelters, shows how civilization and society are falling. When Piggy mentions these problems to the others he is just ridiculed and made fun of because no one takes him seriously.
Piggy’s glasses and the conch are the only hopes of civilization and survival. When Jack smacks the glasses off of Piggy’s face and one of the lens breaks Piggy cries out, “Now I only got one eye” (Golding 72). Piggy’s glasses are not just important for his vision, but they are just as sacred as the conch. Piggy being the wise, carries both of these great items of power with him. Piggy still carries the conch even after it looses power, because it is all they have to instill order on the island. When Piggy’s glasses are stolen in a raid by Jack and his tribe, the glasses are no longer used to light fires,...

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