Lord of the Flies - Whats the Significance of Piggy? Showing 1-2 of 2
Lord of the Flies
I really like the fact that the author mentions Piggy's glasses which foreshadows it's uses on this island. I must admit that there's something about those glasses that makes me like them! When they get broken, I remembered the time that my glasses got broken and how I had to cope with bad vision until i got them repaired. In those 2 days, it felt like everything was collapsing. Who would have thought that the blackboard was so important or those overheads? Piggy's glasses really did have great significance in the book!
In the first chapter, Piggy mentions the ongoing global war to Ralph, implying that no one survived. As the boys rebuild society on the island, we understand how the world might look after a cataclysmic nuclear event. In Chapter 2, Piggy is frustrated by the immaturity of the others when they excitedly run off to build a fire atop the mountain. He asks them to calm down, think rationally, and use adult intellect to problem solve. While the boys view Piggy as a nuisance, he correctly assumes that in their excitement, they contributed to the death of at least one stray littlun. Piggy begs with the boys to return his glasses in Chapter 2 during the first signal fire atop the mountain.
From the SparkNotes Blog
Which guides should we add? - Ralph and Piggy discover the conch shell on the beach at the start of the novel and use it to summon the boys together after the crash separates them. Used in this capacity, the conch shell becomes a powerful symbol of civilization and order in the novel.