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Piggy Specs In Lord Of The Flies

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The use of rational decisions become less frequent as Piggy’s glasses steadily deteriorate. Consequently, his specs symbolize the loss of intelligence. One of the first tasks on the island is to make a smoke signal in hopes of rescue. Rapidly, the boys realize they do not have a way to light their brilliant scheme. Jack catches a glimpse of Piggy and exclaims, “‘His specs- use them as burning glasses!’ Piggy was surrounded before he could back away” (Golding 40). Sadly, their objectives target Piggy. In the novel, William Golding portrays Piggy as the root of the boys’ civilized nature, hence the reason Piggy never fully gives into the outbreak of savagery. His intellect is constantly being used for the betterment of the society but that has

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