They are also a sign of scientific intelligence, linking back to the creation of fire. 5. Piggy states in the book, “How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper? ” showing how he was adamant on getting home and did everything knowledgeable he could to be careful and stay safe and in the end he was one of the few killed by others who he respected. The use of irony helps compare the boys situation back to the real world because Just being knowledgeable does not mean security. 6.
The conch became an authority figure in he book and if it wasn’t for Piggy’s knowledge on it, Ralph would have not been able to blow it and bring the boys together. The conch was respected as a higher order or idol figure, therefore being a biblical reference in the book. Also the fact that both Piggy and the conch were killed and destroyed in the same accident was a symbol of a connection between to the two. As Piggy was not strong minded enough to speak up the conch gave him the confidence to say what was on his mind, again showing the connection between to the two. 7.
Along with Piggy’s death, came the death of knowledge and wisdom on the island. This mainly affected Ralph, the most loyal to Piggy yet still hesitant to fully accept him. It was only when he was gone that he realized how much he relied on him. “What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch. ” This quote shows that Piggy was the backbone of the group and emphasis the fact that he was the symbol of knowledge. 8. Socrates quote which was mentioned earlier is significant in showing the spilt of knowledge on the island.
Piggy was the rational thinker and doing things to stay alive. Whereas Jack did things for the thrill and his hunger of savagery. When Jack came in charge bad things came onto the island and Piggy knew all along that Jack was up to no good, but again no one listened to him. 9. Overall Gildings novel is a true representation on the theme of “knowledge” and shows how it’s used and abused. Piggy is a perfect example of how knowledge is of both good and bad and shows how knowledge is an underestimated power in society. LOTT – Knowledge Theme By gabble