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Glimpse Of Civilization Essay

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding takes place on a deserted island after a plane full of English boys is shot down during World War II. Piggy is the name given to a boy who is a bit larger than the other boys. If Piggy were to take the Jungian Typology Test he would be classified as an INTJ (“Jungian”). His personality test shows his drive to have things done properly and also his ability to separate his emotions from his logic. He uses reason and holds on to his civilized nature throughout the book, even though the others around are becoming uncivilized and rallying against his ideas.
Piggy is a very static character that holds on to his core values. Piggy disapproves of the way the other kids are acting. When the kids start acting like savages and less like civilized children he always thinks about what an adult would say. Piggy’s glasses symbolize seeing clearly and having reason. As Jack breaks Piggy’s lenses it shows that the boys ...view middle of the document...

Piggy never loses hope in the power of the conch, even as the color of the conch and the traces of civilization in the boys fade. Piggy holds on to the conch up until the very end when Rodger pushes the boulder down on Piggy shattering the conch, and killing him.
The death of Piggy greatly affected Ralph and the other boys as well. The death of Piggy symbolized the death of reason and civilization amongst the boys. Ralph needed Piggy to give words of wisdom to help him lead the others. Ralph appreciated the reason and brains that Piggy had. Piggy was the reason the signal fire got moved to the beach, the reason the conch was able to bring the boys together. After Piggy dies Ralph feels lost “ he wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of a man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy”(Golding 202). Piggy kept Ralph going when Ralph couldn’t remember reason or his purpose for the fire; Piggy influenced Ralph and kept him from giving in to his savage ways.
Piggy’s ability to hold on to his reason helped Ralph stay less savaged, but in the end reason and order die with Piggy. Additionally, Piggy’s character shows that the author doesn’t think it would be realistic for reason to survive if civilization wasn’t present. Without civilization the world wouldn’t have reason. One’s human nature or savagery and inner evil would run rampant. This is seen after Piggy’s glasses are stolen, the boys’ sense of reason is totally gone and Rodger let the rock tumbled down on to Piggy without much of a thought. After Piggy’s death all the glimpses of civilization is gone, as the boys go on a manhunt to kill Ralph.
Piggy’s use of reason and order is what saved Ralph from his inner self. Piggy never gave into the inner workings of his savage nature, he held on to his civility, right up until the very end. Piggy’s character was the only glimpse and reminder of civilization the boys had on the island. Reason can only last as long as a glimpse of civilization is alive; once Piggy died all reason was lost.

Works Cited

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin Group, 1954. Print.
"Jungian Typology Test TM." HumanMetrics. HumanMetrics, 2013. Web. 4 Apr 2014.

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