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Consider two symbols, which you consider to be important in the novel 'The Lord of the Flies', and show you have thought about how Golding makes use of them. A symbol is 'a thing regarded as suggesting something.' The two objects I have chosen are in my view the most symbolically important in the novel 'The Lord of the Flies'. Firstly I have chosen the conch. The conch is very significant, as it is the first recognizable object introduced. A conch is a shell, and is described as 'deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink.' It is discovered in the first chapter of the book, 'The Sound of the Shell' and is used to summon everyone together. Traditionally, the conch was used by the Greek God of the Sea, Triton, to calm or raise the oceans. Similarly, it was used by Ralph to command order, attention and respect from the other boys, although he did not use it intentionally to do this. ...read more.


In the microcosm of the island, the boys have virtually no discipline or figure of authority, and so become more and more feral. Jack's behaviour in this situation shows that people will abuse power if it is not earned. The power that he has corrupts him, and turns him from a bossy schoolboy into a bloodthirsty dictator. At the beginning of the novel, the boys were still subject to their conditioning by society, and Ralph was elected as leader in a controlled and civilized manner. However, given the amount of freedom, the boys allow this civilization to deteriorate, until eventually they are no more than savages. The second object of symbolic importance is the beast. Instead of representing law and order, it represents the way in which the boys perceive something outside of themselves as being evil, in order to maintain a self-image of being good. This allows them to avoid self-knowledge, and though it is most probably not intentional, only Simon has the insight to see that the evil is inside them. ...read more.


Despite the fact that it is a pathetic figure, robbed of all human dignity, only Simon will approach close enough to realise the truth. This revelation made by Simon somehow segregates him from the other boys. The gift that the boys leave to pacify the beast eventually becomes another physical manifestation of the beast, which portrays the boys' absolute incomprehension of what the beast actually is. The pig's head on a stick makes it seem like a victory of war, whereas the slaughter of the pig is just another factor of the degeneration of the boys - they were not driven to kill the pig by hunger, but an animal instinct to kill, something that has been all but removed from human nature in modern society. Their desperation to rid the island of the beast reaches a climax, resulting in them killing Simon. This is ironic in a way, as he was the only one who understood the nature of the beast. However it also indicates the boys' refusal to acknowledge that the beast was actually their own evil. Poco Evers-Fennell U5B ...read more.

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