In "The Lord of the Flies," how do Piggy's glasses relate to today's society?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel "Lord of the Flies" the author,William Golding, seems to pick a stereotypical image of an unpopular boy for us to observe with particular detail. He has all the usual attributes of the fat kid that nobody likes including speccy glasses - then William Golding turns this image on it's head to show us what lies underneath - the diamond in the coal of Pigg's character. His glasses represent 'vision' and clear-thinking - today we might call that insight. Even Ralph (who foolishly declines Piggy's true friendship) wishes for Piggy's thinking abilities. Today we could do with more influential people who could see through the false boom times and warn of prudent budgeting to keep us all on track.

mkcapen1 | Student

Piggy's glasses were the spark of life.  The glasses enabled Piggy to see and survive and they gave life through fire which could be used to cook food, scare away the beasts, and signal rescuers.  In relation to today's society the glasses could symbolize the technology that we have become so dependent upon.  Piggy was dependent on his glasses.  In addition, in modern day technology operates much as the glasses haddone.  Technology is the crust of a civilized world.  The glasses are also a resource and people still go to war over resources just like the boys had done with Ralph ad Piggy.

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