Lord of the Flies– Piggy’s Glasses
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, he explains the loss of innocence a group of English kids on an island after a shipwreck. Many crucial items and passages in the book are symbolic of civilization and humanity, so I chose the passage in Chapter 10, about Piggy realizing Jack took his spectacles. Piggy’s eyeglasses are a crucial symbol in Lord of the Flies. Eyeglasses are generally connected to civilization, scientific development, and intelligence, due to the fact that only individuals in a civilization would need to utilize glasses.
The symbolic significance of the glasses is because they are used to make the signal fire, another essential item in the book. As the book advances, the condition of the spectacles weaken, much like the civilization in the book does. Piggy is no doubt the most intelligent and wise character in the group, thinking of fantastic concepts just one would believe in an orderly civilization. His eyeglasses, then, may likewise represent the source of his intelligence and scientific mind.
With his spectacles stolen, a vital part of civilization is taken away, too. Eyeglasses are utilized to see clearly, which can also be seen as factor, and Piggy the voice of reason, due to his insight. Piggy’s source of intelligence and science is eliminated from him, then what would occur next? The abrupt assault of Jack’s group might also represent the condemnation of civilization from the savages.
With the owner of the spectacles, Piggy, still alive, what might happen next? It serves as a foreshadowing of the killing of Piggy in Chapter 11, when Jack’s desire to kill the “pig”, Piggy, is satisfied. The passage plays a substantial function in the book, showing us the loss of humanity and the start of savageness. With these significant obstacles representing civilization gone, what else is left for Jack to obtain, to finish his conquest of the damaging of the innocence of mankind?