Symbolism of Lord of the Flies

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Significant Symbolism

Many people in this world are enslaved to their daily routines, being ignorant to break away from the spell and look beyond what is seen. That is why when something out of the ordinary occurs, a chance is given to gain sight and realize that much of what exists in this sphere of life can be greater defined by the impact it has on its surroundings. Symbolism may be difficult to decipher at times, but the challenge rewards with insight of the significance behind people and objects. William Golding desires for the readers of Lord of the Flies to truly think and ponder his carefully chosen scenarios and everything incorporated in them, hoping that the reader can capture the meaningful messages he is trying to communicate. Golding is liberating his pain of the gruesome horrors of war and sharing his own view of this world through literature, therefore permitting readers to extract deeper meaning behind what is happening to this group of British boys. When the boys’ world suddenly crashes among palm trees and sand, their first instinct is to stay close to their past. Golding paints the image of the scar high above the canopy as Jack points to what he sees “[b]eyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea. There, too, jutting into the lagoon was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it” (27). As a member of the Royal Navy, Golding is scarred with his own past of constant action against battleships, submarines, and aircrafts, as well as the blood baths in the Walcheren and D-Day operations (186). Just as the scar in Lord of the Flies, Golding is trying to diminish his previous experiences with his writing, yet he cannot ignore the reality of war. The scar is always present not only to guide the boys in and out of the forest, but also to remind them of where they come from, a reminder that is very...
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