Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

Submitted By JuanSalazar112
Words: 561
Pages: 3

Juan Salazar
Period: 1
March 11, 2015
Lord of the flies

In lord of the flies we have seen a lot of symbolism throughout the book in numerous ways. Certain things in this book show us different things that have symbolism tied in; the author makes great points and good meaning of the story and symbolism. The “beast” is one of the few key points that exemplify symbolism in this story. The beast represents evil in the book, which is a source of bad luck for the people stuck on the island. The conch is another big symbol of this book and the plot of the whole story. The conch is a huge source of hope and praise for the characters in the book. Lastly the fire in the story represents a big piece of hope for the people stuck on the island. These three examples of symbolism are the top key points that have relations with the story and actual understanding of this book.

The beast is among the biggest key points that show and represent symbolism. The beast represents two things, I think. First, the beast symbolizes the boys' fears. These fears are a combination of childish fears of dark places and more "mature" fears of the unknown. The beast also represents the dark side of the boys' natures. They can become that which they fear and they do. They are capable of losing their identities and becoming savage, brute creatures. The beast is a metaphorical incorporation of these potentials. Over the course of the book you begin to notice a change in the boys, using the beast as a symbol to over conquer and develop a source of opportunity to over grow their hopes. The beast plays an important role as a sign of hope and motivation. Its supports with narration of the book but making it understandable so that the audience can interrupt.

The Conch represents power and order. Power is represented by the fact that you have to be holding it to speak, and Order is displayed by the meetings or gatherings that it’s used to call and hold. The conch shell also acts to prove that a civilization can and will fail, no matter how