Quote analysis"A single drop of water that had escaped Piggy's fingers now flashed on the delicate curve like a star." ch. 11 I found this note while re-reading my copy of LOTF [yet again ;) ] and...

Quote analysis

"A single drop of water that had escaped Piggy's fingers now flashed on the delicate curve like a star." ch. 11

I found this note while re-reading my copy of LOTF [yet again ;) ] and am surprised I never paid it much heed before! Not only do I love the sound of this quote, but I'm sure it means something.
I'm assuming it's a reference to the stars described during Simon's death.
But does anyone have any insightful analysis on this quote?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This will not qualify as insightful analysis, I'm afraid, but I would like to comment. I so appreciate that you love this novel and take the time to re-read it perodically. I must say that, though I have taught this novel many times, I have never paid much attention to this line. This is obviously a symbolic novel, as you know, so it is likely to have some symbolism attached to it. Perhaps you're right about the reference to Simon's impending death. Perhaps it is a preparation of sorts for what is to come for Piggy. There is a shift in thinking, particularly Ralph's thinking, regarding Piggy as the novel progresses. The Piggy we first meet was making grunting noises in the bushes because he got "caught short." By the end, he is a a more noble, sympathetic character whose death (along with Simon's) will change the entire balance of power on the island. This poetic line gives Piggy a value that he deserves. Thanks for sharing your observation!

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