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In Lord of the Flies, what object symbolizes Piggy's weakness? How does Golding show...

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adrian1521 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM via web

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In Lord of the Flies, what object symbolizes Piggy's weakness? How does Golding show that he is weak, and why?

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lcassidy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM (Answer #2)

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One important weakness readers uncover about Piggy is his eye sight and his seeming lack of self esteem.  The fact that he must wear glasses, or "specks" as they call them in the novel, demonstrates that society often lacks the quality of seeing things clearly.  In the boys' society in Lord of the Flies, some the boys don't want to see things clearly (Jack and his group).  Piggy's glasses represent wisdom and common sense.  Where Piggy is calm and thoughtful about situations presented, the others are playing dangerous games that culminate into murder and evil.

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