Symbolism in The Novel Lord of the Flies
The novel Lord of the flies by William Goulding, Is about a plane load of British school boys that crash land on an uninhabited island, with no adults, in 1954 while being sent to safety from an atomic bomb threat. They elected one of the older boys, Ralph as the leader. They begin their society on the island with some order, over time, many of the boys’, Jack especially, rebel, Jack forms his own tribe of savages, who light the island on fire causing total chaos. This essay will prove Goulding uses object people and places to symbolize man’s desire for order and equal desire for chaos.
Object in Lord of the Flies are used successfully to symbolize man’s desire for both order and chaos. The conch represents order, democracy and authority. At the start of their society the conch is used to call assemblies, “The toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch” (Goulding 18). This symbolizes man’s desire for order. The conch represent democracy because whomever was holding them conch was elected the leader, showing order. The conch is colorful in the beginning, “Deep Cream, touch with faded pink” (11). As the order fades, so does the conch, “Piggy lifted the white, magic shell” (200), and “The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments” (200). “There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.” (218) the conch is gone and so is any order, represent chaos, and the demise of civilization.
Piggy’s glasses symbolize intelligence, he is the smartest of all the boys’. “The effort to express the mathematical process involved was too great.” (67). Piggy knows much more than the others. His glasses also represent fire, “His specs—use them as burning glasses” (40). The glasses are used to start the fire to be rescued showing order, and because they represent fire the also show power to whoever has them, “We shall take fire from the others.” (178) When the savages steal the glasses they set the island on...
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