Lord of the Flies Symbolism In “Lord of the Flies a plane crashes on a deserted island leaving a group of schoolboys on their own. As you read further into the book one starts to realize that this book is really more of an allegory on human nature, and it is full of a plethora of symbolism. An important symbol in this book is a young boy named Simon, who represents goodness and Christ figure. Simon throughout the story is shown to be a kind boy. This is shown when he helps Piggy find his glasses after Jack knocked them of. Simon also gave Piggy his portion of meat when it seemed that Jack was not going to give Piggy a share. Probably what really shows his goodness apart from the fact that he was the only one to not give in to savagery, was how he helps the littlums: “Simon found or them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (pg. 56). Apart from helping the littlums with food, Simon was also there for them when they would wake up in the middle of the night because of nightmares. Simon supported and brought hope to Ralph, like when he said: “You’ll get back to where you came from… All the same. You’ll get back alright, I think so anyway” (pg.111). Simon, in this story, is an allegory for Christ. Simon’s meditative spirit, and kindness added with his prophetical thoughts, and actions help express this. Simon early in the story said that “Maybe there is a beast… What I mean is… maybe it’s only us” (pg.89). He sensed from the very beginning that the beast was really the evil that lived inside the boys. Simon also somewhat foreshadows his death when he says to Ralph “You’ll get back to where you came from” (pg.111), by not saying we’ll get back. Simon’s…
Analyse how symbolism was used to reinforce an idea in the written text(s).
In the novel Lord of the Flies, the author William Golding relies heavily on symbolism to convey his view that if law and order are removed from civilised society, savagery, destruction and chaos will occur. Lord of the Flies was first published in 1954, nine years after world war two. Golding's experiences of war and destruction, led him to examine the conflict between two impulses that live within all humans. There…
say is that building a civilization cannot be reached through violence but can only be accomplished through accepting each other. In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding civilization is important because the boys have to create a community by working together and not by employing violence towards each other. In the story, Lord of the Flies, Golding utilize symbolism by demonstrating the importance of civilization through elements, such as the conch, Piggy’s specs, and the signal fire.
A running theme in Lord of the Flies is that man is savage at heart, always ultimately reverting back to an evil and primitive nature. The cycle of man's rise to power, or righteousness, and his inevitable fall from grace is an important point that book proves again and again, often comparing man with characters from the Bible to give a more vivid picture of his descent. Lord Of The Flies symbolizes this fall in different manners, ranging from the illustration of the mentality of actual primitive…
Seeing Through a Different Lense
People usually make assumptions about people by what they have. Sometimes it’s true but other times there’s more to it. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses a symbol to impact the overall meaning of his work. He uses the universal theme of civilization vs. savagery, and how the intelligence of the boys is trumped by the power and the need for civilization. Golding uses Piggy’s glasses throughout the story to represent intelligence, touch the boys…
Lord of the Flies
Likes: The first chapter of The Lord of the flies is full of great descriptive detail. The author describes the lagoon the boys go in to a tee. I also like how the boys set up a small government with Ralph being the leader. I enjoyed how the boys split up into groups so they could scout and hunt. The quire is put up to the task of hunting and Ralph , Jack and Simon are scouting the island.
Dislikes: I disliked the cockiness of Jack and the quire they seem to think…
Lord of the Flies Symbolism
The definition of a symbol is a thing that represents or stands for something else. The
symbols in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding are very deep and meaningful and
everyone can learn from them. Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of British boys
stranded on an island and it contains a lot of symbolism about people and life in general.
Three objects in Lord of the Flies that symbolize something greater than just their functional
purpose are the conch shell…
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…
24 Feb 2015
Lord of the Flies
Throughout the novel
Lord of the Flies,
William Golding demonstrates various
uses of symbolism to express that humanity is truly evil. Through the beast, the conch,
and fire Golding explains that humanity is corrupt. He uses the beast to express fear,
while the conch symbolizes authority and fire symbolizes rescue as well as destruction.
To begin, the beast inflicts fear upon the children. This fear is what Jack strives…
Lord of the Flies Essay
In William Golding’s ‘Lord of the flies’ a group of British School boys are stranded on a deserted island when their plane crashes. The freedom of having no adults or rules is taken advantage of as the boys behaviours slowly turn from being civilised school boys, to dangerous savages. They go from living in a society with rules to an uncivilized society where jealousy and evil over powers. The beast they were hunting turns out to be the inner darkness inside each boy and…