Lord of the Flies

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Piggy's Glasses Symbol Analysis

Piggy's Glasses Symbol Icon
By allowing the boys to create fire, the first necessity of civilization, Piggy's glasses represent science and technology, mankind's power to transform and remake their environment to best suit its needs.
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Piggy's Glasses Symbol Timeline in Lord of the Flies

The timeline below shows where the symbol Piggy's Glasses appears in Lord of the Flies. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
The Weak and the Strong Theme Icon
...on the mountain. They can't figure out how start the fire until Jack grabs the glasses off Piggy's face. Ralph uses the glasses to focus the sun's rays on the wood.... (full context)
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
Spirituality and Religion Theme Icon
The Weak and the Strong Theme Icon
...starts to criticize the boys, but Jack shouts him down. Simon points out that Piggy's glasses made the fire possible. (full context)
Chapter 4
Human Nature Theme Icon
The Weak and the Strong Theme Icon
...some of the hunters start yelling at Jack. Jack, humiliated and angry, hits Piggy. Piggy's glasses fly off, breaking a lens. Jack mocks Piggy and everyone laughs. (full context)
Civilization Theme Icon
Eventually Jack apologizes for letting the fire die. Ralph asks Piggy's permission to use his glasses to light the fire. Ralph realizes he and Piggy have become allies. (full context)
Chapter 10
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
...tomorrow and have a feast. To cook the meat, they'll raid Ralph's group for Piggy's glasses. Meanwhile, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric discover four people aren't enough to keep the fire going.... (full context)
Chapter 11
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
Ralph demands that Jack return Piggy's glasses. He mentions again the importance of the signal fire. Jack's tribe has only a cooking... (full context)