I believe that Piggy’s glasses mean much more than just piggy's eye sight. I also believe it symbolize hope life and the ability to see through tough spots and to make things more clear. It symbolizes hope of the kids on the island because without a fire and its smoke there is nothing that could same them from the island that is slowly killing them off one by one. It symbolizes life because without fire there is no way to cook the food, without fire there is nothing to give them warmth in times of cold, without fire they have no light to guide them to safety in dark times. Without Piggy's glasses there is on fire, no life or hope. Without Piggy's glasses the brains of Ralph’s group is now blinded and can't help as much anymore. Since Piggy's glasses were stolen Ralph's tribe is hopeless, dead, and now blind to what is to happen. However Jack's tribe has stolen Ralph's tribe lives, all of their hope, and their ability to see what they do. So they now have all of the things they need to live their "savage" lives. Now there is no hope for the reader because we have attached ourselves to Ralph and his idea of his person. This greatly affects he reader’s mood to this story and their mood to jack and his tribe.
Great points Xavier! The glasses do mean so much more to the group than simply just the ability to see. With the glasses you have the power of fire. Fire is so important to the boys on the island.
I agree with xavier. the glasses are more then just sight to piggy and to all of the boys. As Xavier pointed out they are a symbol of hope and life. The only reason that these boys are really set on getting home. However when JAck takes the glasses is like their "hope" is lost. With this weakness jack has gainded the ability to also take control of Ralphs tribe which is what he has wanted from the begining.
I agree with Xavier the glasses while important for piggy to see seem to symbolize more such as hope of survival and the necessity of them to start the ever important fire
The theft of Piggy's glasses by Jack is a very significant event. Though it does mean Piggy can no longer see, the glasses are worth so much more than that. They are what Ralph uses to light the fires, which are imperative to him, as it is their only hope of getting rescued. It's their warmth and light in the dark; their beacon of hope. Now it's gone and when they realized this, they will be crushed. It is also of great significance to Jack. He now knows for sure that he can easliy beat Ralph's tribe, and that he is superior. Now there is nothing that Jack wants that he doesn't have. This event left Jack as the winner, and Ralph without hope.
I agree with Victoria that the theft of Piggy's glasses is a lot more than just Piggy wandering around blind. I also agree with everyone else on here about the fire, can't believe I forgot that...
Piggy's glasses are basically the key to survival for all the boys. Not only do they provide piggy with sight, the glasses create fire. Fire is necessary for light, cooking, comfort, warmth, and most importantly a rescue signal. Without piggy's glasses, the hopes for rescue are greatly diminished.
Jack's need for fire in just so he can cook his pig for "meat." However, Ralph uses fire as an essential tool in the boys survival and rescue. Ralph uses the glasses to create a constant signal fire to alert passing ships of their distress in a hope for rescue.
As the glasses are stolen by Jack's tribe and taken away from Piggy and Ralph, the hopes for survival and majorly reduced. This is very significant in the future of the boys. Something as simple as the implications for fire could change the boys lives for ever. The transfer of the "power of fire" through the glasses represents this change. If Jack has the power of fire and not Ralph, Jack may not create a signal fire. He never seemed to think a signal fire was that important.
I completely agree with Gianni, Piggy's glasses not only provided eyesight, but they were essential to everyone on the island. They weren't only valued by Piggy so he could see, but everyone on the island believed they were important in some way. Some thought they were essential for fire, others for cooking "meat". When Jack took them from Ralph and his tribe, he basically took away any chance left for any of the boys to survive, since he took the most important item on the island.
After his mother's death, Piggy likely became extremely introverted and read books upon books instead of communicating with actual people, hence his immense intelligence in comparison to the other boys and his poor eyesight. However, Piggy's glasses signify his view on the world as a result of that, like his way of seeing the world clearer after that experience. Also, Piggy is shown many times in the book cleaning his glasses after any major event that changes the game for the island, as if each time he refreshes his view. So, the stealing of Piggy's glasses signifies that Piggy, instead of his usual wise-beyond-his-years self is again just the little boy that lost his mother, weakening him both physically because he has to wander around squinting, and emotionally because they're a symbol of the only edge he has on Jack: his ability to consider the consequences. The implications of this for Ralph's tribe are that Ralph has consistently looked to Piggy for advice, and now he's looking at a person that literally and figuratively can't see. Piggy's also a danger to himself and others: he could be out wandering around and fall of a cliff, further destroying Ralph's tribe's chances because then they really wouldn't have anywhere to look for advice. The implications for Jack and his people would be that there would be no one there to tell him no, you'll burn the whole island down when he tries to do something stupid and in that jack could end up harming himself and his tribe while Ralph prevails.
The significance of Jack takign Piggy's glasses is very significant in a way that is more than just Piggy can no longer see. Throughout the book Piggy's "specs" have been what the boys have been using to light the fire. This fire is expecially important to Ralph because it is one step closer to being able to go home. So when Jack takes Piggy's specs it is like Jack is shower Ralph that he is the surperior cheif on this island, and that now they have no safety or comfurt among them now that the fire will be nonexistent. I also think that Jack taking Piggy's specs also signifies defeat. Throughout the entire book Jack has wanted to be the leader, and when he took the most valuable thing left to Ralphs group it shows deteat. Without Piggy's specs the boys on the platform will no longer have the fire they have longed to get them saved by.
As many have already said, Jack's theft of Piggy's glasses is significant in a way where his specs act as a barometer in the boy's survival. Due to Piggy's nearsightedness, without having the glasses, he has to squint all the time to be able to make out the littlest things. Not only does his myopia cause a huge problem, to him, the specs give him a sense of comfort and belonging, along with his intellectual thinking. Like from the beginning, Piggy's glasses were used to focus sunlight to light signal fires, their only hope of getting rescued. Not only were there signal fires, there were fires in general that allowed them to cook food and provided heat, along with a sense of security for the boys. Without them, they can no longer do so. This is also significant to Jack because he believes that he is now superior to Ralph and his group, whom with the absence of the glasses have lost all hope.
I agree with Anna because it seems that everyone else has had the same ideas after mine. Anna cool spin on the spicifics on just about Piggy.
The theft of Piggy's glasses means more than Piggy not being able to see, they symbolize hope of getting off the island and survival while they're on the island. They all want to be able to survive and Piggy's glasses have had a huge part in that and when Jack steals his glasses it brings more hope of survival to his "tribe" and less to Ralph, Piggy, and the twins.
I think that that the theft of piggy's glasses was very significant. It is not only that he can no longer see, but also that pigg's specs were used to create fire. Fire is very important to both groups of boys, as it is a symbol of power by being able to create fire . The fire is important to ralph and Jack in different ways. Ralph uses it to create smoke for a signal fire, and jack uses it to cook meat. So when jack takes the glasses it symbols raplhs defeat and the the chance of being rescued diminishing while the signal fire dies.
i recently looked at the times all of you commented and WHAT the heck are you guys doing up SOOO EARLY!! get some sleep and also jack stole the glassed because he's a bloody savage and swine