Lord of the Flies: Symbolism

 Symbol: Piggy’s Glasses

Piggy’s glasses have been with him since he was three years old. Piggy always continued to wipe his glasses with his grubby windbreaker or any piece of clothing. “He took off his glasses and held them out to Ralph, blinking and smiling, and then started to wipe them against his grubby windbreaker.” and “Piggy rose dripping from the water and stood naked, cleaning his glasses with a sock.”

When all the boys were on top of the mountain they all wanted to start a fire, ” “His specs–use them as burning glasses!” Piggy was surrounded before he could back away. “Here–let me go!” His voice rose to a shriek of terror as Jack snatched the glasses off his face.”

His glasses were used as a tool to create a fire which was then used to create a signal for rescue.  His glasses were a very high priority when it came to the survival of the boys.

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