what is the significance of piggys specs?

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Piggy's specs are symbolic in several ways. First, they set Piggy apart. Piggy can "see" things the other boys can't. Piggy looks at the world in a logical and scientific way. He represents wisdom and learning, and is able to set up the Conch as a symbol of order and leadership. The specs also show how Piggy is able to "see" the truth about Jacks hatred of Ralph. Finally, the specs are symboic of the fire and rescue. Piggy's specs help start the fire which will help the boys to be "seen" and thus rescued. Without his specs, Piggy is blind to what is around him. This is what ultimately brings about his death.

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