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Shapiro Period 2 19 September 2010 Turning Point Composition In the novel, Lord of the Flies, turning points occur multiple times. While certain turning points show more significance than others, the most considerable by far appeared to be Piggy¶s death. Piggy¶s character was certainly not like any other. He showed intelligence, awareness, and, most disparate, good etiquette. Piggy was an innocent character who wore glasses. These glasses gave birth to the fire which marked the beginning of civilization in life and in history. Unlike Simon¶s death, Piggy¶s death was caused intentionally and marked the turning point as point at which all civilization and order has been lost. This exemplifies how far the children¶s rage and atrocious behavior has traveled because Piggy brutally faced contact with a boulder on purpose, thus showing true murderous intent. Piggy¶s death was also accompanied by the destruction of the conch shell. The conch illustrated civilization and order, and as it was destroyed, incidentally along with the most civilized person in the novel, so, too, was any hope of enlightenment. Piggy¶s death became the transition from accidents to intentions; death and murder had no meaning or significance to the children after Piggy died. Furthermore, the conch has always been the medium through which civilized meetings could be established. Without the conch no means of orderly communication could be created, and without Piggy, any form of intelligence in the group is nearly non-existent. Piggy was the most intelligent and the most civilized of the pack and his symbolizes the end of awareness and caution and, more significantly, the end of any hope for a civilized era.