Specs In Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies Symbolism can add much more meaning and entertainment to a story than just the moral. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding a big part of the book is symbolism. There are many symbols in the novel, however, Piggy’s specs are the most significant symbol throughout the novel. It shows symbolism of the society, but as the story moves along the specs begin to get damaged and it symbolizes the destruction to their society. The specs do not just symbolize the society, they also symbolize intelligence. Piggy is the most rational boy in the group, and his glasses symbolize the power of intellectual endeavor in the society. During this part of the book, the boys are trying to make a fire on the island and they take Piggy’s specs to start a fire. “Piggy... sat with the conch on his knees. We haven’t made a fire, he said, what’s any use. We couldn’t keep a fire like that going, not if we tried. A fat lot…show more content…
There was a ship going by that passed the island and Jack and Piggy were arguing over this. Jack smacks Piggy on the head and his glasses are knocked off and one of his lens breaks. “I got to have them specs. Now I only got one eye.” (90). The lens breaking symbolizes destruction of the society. Since a lens can break very easily, so can their society. Lastly, towards the end of the book, Piggy was holding the conch and was saying that he had the right to speak. Roger was tired of Piggy whining so he put all of his weight on the big boulder and watched it roll down the hill and hit Piggy. “The rock bounded twice and was lost in the forest. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red.” (181). At this part of the story, Piggy died. The rock didn’t only kill Piggy, it also destroyed his specs. When his specs got destroyed, that was the end of their
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