Symbol and Piggy’s Glasses Essay example

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Lord of the flies In the Lord of the flies by William Golding, he leaves many symbols and themes in the book that symbolize something else. William Golding leaves the ongoing argument if evil is intrinsic or extrinsic to humans as a symbol in his book. I think evil is intrinsic to humans and is decided by the person rather than the associates friends/ acquaintances. William Golding wrote about a lot of characterization in the lord of the flies book. One character that stood out to me in the book was Piggy. Piggy was Goldings’ peacemaker in the Lord of the flies book. Piggy represented civilization and later in the book when he died civilization ended and everyone went after Ralph to try to kill him. Piggy later states that “They blinded me. See? That’s Jack Merridrew. You can call an assembly Ralph…”-Piggy (169). Piggy keeps trying with civilization even though there is now civilization anymore it’s everyone vs. Piggy and Ralph. “I thought they wanted the conch”-Piggy (168). The conch represented civilization also but that broke before Piggy died so Golding was hinting and wanting the reader to foreshadow that civilization and Piggy were both dying shortly. There were many symbols of civilization declining like Piggy’s’ hair not growing was a symbol of civilization not growing strong but declining rapidly. Piggy later in the book states that he is useless without his glasses so when one lenses of his glasses break that meant that half of civilization was broken (Jacks’ tribe) while the other half (Ralph’s tribe) was still working and not yet broken. Piggy’s glasses were used to start the fire which represented hope to get rescued by adults. Piggy’s asthma represented the setbacks civilization has and that human nature is not caused by the outside but what’s inside of them. Piggy “kills” Simon by not stopping Jacks