Piggy Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis

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Katelyn Mollahan 11/16/11 Period 1 Mr. Nguyen In every person, there is a certain fire in their bellies, but with that fire also comes fear and uncertainly of how to handle every situation. In the Lord of the Flies, Piggy is the only one who has useful ideas and sees the right way for the boys to act. The conch has a certain kind of power over the boys and their behavior. The fire is the last form of hope on the island and the boys soon give up on it. Golding depicts the story’s symbols of intelligence and hope through Piggy’s glasses, the conch, and the fire. In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the symbol of Piggy’s glasses to represent science and how basic knowledge is always useful. When the boys first are on the island, the first thing Piggy thinks of is, “Nobody knows there they are …perhaps they know where we are ‘cos we never got there” (34). Obviously…show more content…
At the beginning of the book, the fire burns on the top of the mountain, “if a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” (38). Ralph suggests this because he thinks this is their only hope for getting rescued. Later another ones burns on the beach, which is the reason they got rescued. When the fire burns low or goes out in the beginning of the novel, the boys have lost their desire and hope to be rescued and they now have accepted their new life on the island as emotionless human beings. The forest fire is what Jack’s group starts as part of his master plan to kill Ralph, “…a clump of smoke rose thickly, so that Ralph’s nostrils flared….” (183). Jack wanted to set the whole forest on fire in hopes that it will make Ralph come out into the open. This fire is the only reason they were able to be saved by the naval officer that saw the continuous flames coming off the island. The fire symbolizes the little humanity that is left inside each of the
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