When kids are little, they often play games, such as Pictionary. In Pictionary, kids use different pictures or symbols to represent a word. Similarly, in the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding illustrates different objects representing various things. He portrays their image as helpful and good in the beginning, however by the end of the novel, the meaning of the symbol transforms. The conch, Piggy’s glasses and even the island itself symbolize various meanings. The conch represents power and order, while Piggy’s glasses symbolize reasoning. This helps the boys survive on the “treasury” paradise without adults. However, by the end of the novel, Golding portrays how society and humans become uncivilized through the change in the symbols throughout the book. When first landing on the island, the boys were confused and lost. Luckily, they discovered the conch, which became a tool to build up civilization and uniform on the island. Through the power of the conch, Ralph was able to gather everyone on the island and hold meetings. Without it, the boys would never have known who was stranded on the island. Also, during the first meeting, the boys elected a leader, making the conch also stand for democracy. On account for having the most votes, Ralph was chosen as the leader, but he also compromised with Jack who wanted power to avoid conflict. Ralph says, “The choir belongs to you, of course,” (Golding 23). To avoid disagreement and chaos, Ralph makes sure there is justice and equality on the island by giving everyone the right to state their opinion through the conch. However, throughout the novel, the conch loses power and the boys begin to detach themselves from civilization. As a result, the boys on the island separated into two groups; Ralph’s and Jack’s. When Ralph went to Jack’s group to regain order, the boys threw rocks at him while he was holding the conch. This was the beginning that the conch’s power began to vanish, as well as the boys the civilization. For example, at the end of the novel, Roger threw a rock down the mountain killing Piggy, which also destroyed the conch. Roger watched as, “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist,” (181). The boys had lost their mind, only caring about power. This causes them to loose civilization and become part of a murder. As the conch is destroyed, the boys turn into animals, putting the island on fire as an attempt to kill Ralph and gain power. Along with the conch, Piggy’s glasses also symbolize various traits he represents, as well as their significance. Piggy was an eight year old boy with asthma who was unable to see with his glasses, representing physical weakness and mental strength. His poor vision and obesity immediately makes the reader view him as physically inferior. However, Piggy’s glasses help illustrate his intellectual strength and his use of reason. Throughout the novel, the society on the island transitions from an organized democratic society to an anarchy. This transition is shown through the change in significance in Piggy’s glasses. At first, Piggy’s glasses proved to be very useful. Jack shouted, “his specs – use them as burning glass,” (18). When the boys first discovered that Piggy’s glasses could be used to make a signal fire, they all saw hope in being rescued and remained methodically. They used reasoning by understanding the importance to maintain a fire, built shelters, and obtained food. People were assigned jobs to make everything orderly on the island, however that did not last. As time passed and no sign of rescue was visible, the boys gradually became uncivilized. Jack hit Piggy in the head, resulting in his glasses to fall and one lens to break. Piggy yelled annoyed, “I got to have them specks. Now I only got one eye, “(76). This is the
Lord of the Flies Essay
Imagine being stuck on a plane crashing to a deserted island with lots of chaos and the only thing holding it together…goes away. That’s how it was for the 12 boys in the plane crash that survived. During the novel you encounter 3 main symbols, the conch shell, Piggy’s specs and the signal fire. These symbols help hold the island together and without them the boy are lost and do not know what to do.
The conch shell represents the leadership authority and whoever is holding…
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Jack The Savage
In the book "The Lord of The Flies" by William Golding a small civilization of children is slowly torn apart by a boy named Jack. Jack ,throughout the novel, has only cared about himself and his own interests. He reeks havoc and turns many of the other boys into uncivilized savages. His mind is consumed by violence and power which, in the end, results in the death of multiple children.
Ever since the young boys…
Since the first civilization, people have become increasingly dependent on technology, unable to survive without modern roads, cars, or social systems. Without these advancements, civilization would fall apart and reveal the true nature of men: barbarism and greed. William Golding explains this, using his experiences in World War II, in the novel The Lord of the Flies. The boys in the book display times of kindness, savagery, and ultimately: clarity.
In The Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys…
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Power Crazed Chaos
Imagine a world with no rules or order. What if our prime minister or president was a monkey? It would be chaos right? In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies everything was okay at first. Throughout the novel Jack starts to rebel and he becomes obsessed with hunting. Piggy’s glasses crack during a fight, and that’s when things start going downhill. Ralph still has control, and the conch possessed power. Soon after that Jack starts…
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A Harmful Dichotomy: The Negative Ways Society’s Traditional Male Gender Roles Come to
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Lord of the Flies
Since the beginning of time humans have been beings favoring civilization. Rules. Order.
Restrictions on innate human tendencies keep people in order, which is considerably more
manageable than seven billion anthropomorphized Ids1 running amok across the planet. But
when do our society’s restraints harm it’s members…
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I am writing to guide you through all your hard choices, mistakes, and problems that you might have had on the island. You will need to know how to survive, manage the other boys, and many other skills that you do not yet have. This letter can be used as a resource, you can also use this letter when you are having difficulties, not only on the island but in life as well. Remember anger only leads to destruction not success. With that…
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From Order to Chaos
“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” Stated by Werner Herzog, demonstrates the conflict between Ralph and Jack and the decline of civilization in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. In the novel, a group of British boys are stranded on an island after their plane crashes. Ralph, the boy who blows the conch, is elected leader and starts a democracy. Ralph attempts…
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Piggy was the first character to be introduced together with Ralph. He was a short and overweight boy who wears glasses. His family wasn’t very reach and he lived with his aunt, because his parents died. Piggy was very smart, but the kids wouldn’t listen to him because of his asthma and his body size. However, he remained…
Symbolic Characters in ‘The Lord of the Flies’
The book, The Lord of the Flies, is the first book by Nobel-prize winning English author William Golding about a group of boys that are stranded on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. The novel is essentially based around the idea of human nature and the loss of innocence using a great deal of symbolic ideas and characters. Among these characters are Ralph, Jack, Simon, and Piggy who all represent…
We all like to think that we are good people inside, but William Golding shows how there is a beast inside everyone ready to come out into darkness. In his novel, Lord of the Flies, he uses symbols to show how the boys emerge from innocence to their more primitive beast state through the clothes they ware with their hair, and how they think there is a beast that lives on the island with them.
When the boys are introduced, most of the time their description…