How do Piggy's eye glasses become communal property in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In chapter two of Lord of the Flies, Jack seizes Piggy's eye glasses in an attempt to make fire:

“His specs-use them as burning glasses!” (52)

Jack immediately appropriates Piggy's glasses for the communal use of the tribe to ignite the enormous pile of wood collected by the boys on the mountain.  From that point on, Piggy's glasses became an important and valued item in the tribe, much more so than Piggy himself.  Where Piggy was ignored and disrespected, the glasses were prized and desirable.  Later in the novel in chapter ten, Jack claims Piggy's glasses for his own tribe of hunters, stealing them away in a terrifying nighttime raid. 

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