Lord of the Flies

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the lord of the flies
The Lord of the Flies is the bloody, severed sow’s head that Jack impales on a stake as a tribute to the beast. This symbol becomes the most important image in the novel when Simon confronts the sow’s head when it seems to speak to him, telling him that evil lies within every human heart.

signal fire
The signal fire burns on the mountain and also on the beach, to attract the passengers on the passing ships that might be able to rescue the boys. this is there only hope to escape this island so the signal fire becomes crutial to there survival.

conflict
person vs person
at castle rock the entire tribe including Jack seems to believe that Simon really was the beast and that the beast is capable of assuming any disguise.

person vs person
jacks hunters raid and badly beat up piggy and ralph to steal piggy's glasses even though they would gladly share the fire with them.

theme
Loss of Innocence
As the boys on the island progress from well-behaved, orderly children awaiting for a passing ship to rescue them they turn into bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization. they slowly and gradually lose the sense of innocence that they possessed at the beginning of the novel.

quote
“...he saw more clearly if he removed his glasses and shifted the one lens to the other eye; but even through the good eye, after what had happened, Ralph remained unmistakably Ralph.”

The glasses are symbolic of the technological advances that can be made by man. In the beginning of the book, the glasses are used to make fire, in more ways than one. The fire is first used to make a signal fire, to catch the attention of the ships that could be passing by the island. But, as the children grow restless, the fire grows out of control and begins to spread across the island until it was put out. This shows that the glasses as technology represent both salvation and destruction. The glasses are also the only attribute to...
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