• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Discuss William Golding's use of symbolism in 'Lord of the Flies'".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'LORD OF THE FLIES' W. GOLDING "Discuss William Golding's use of symbolism in 'Lord of the Flies'" William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is a social comment upon man's very nature and ability to interact. Golding places a group of boys on an island and slowly removes all of society's constraints and rules while the boys destroy one another in the needs to survive. He uses the symbolism to comment upon the nature of the boys, their degeneration into savagery, and society's role. Piggy's spectacles, the boy's clothes, the fire, the beast and even the pig become central to Golding's message about 'mankind's essential illness.' Lord of the Flies was written in 1954, just nine years after the end of World War II. Europe (and the rest of the world) were still recovering from the damages it had received. And then William Golding wrote a book, a book that shows what people are really like if they are pushed, and he showed this by using children. After World War II, the Cold War began. This was no war with armies or bombs, this was a war to try and gain nuclear power. People were worried that they might not wake up the next day, that their country would have been bombed. It was a terrible time, and that is why it is understandable to say the boys in Lord of the Flies were fleeing due to threat of nuclear war. Is Jack like Hitler? Yes. Jack and Hitler started out as being second in command of the society. ...read more.

Middle

A man made object is used to destroy man. Everything you do backfires on you on the island, you can't win, everything will be destroyed. It will destroy you. The conch is a sign of law and order. Blown at the beginning of the story as a signal for people to come to that place. It is the centrepiece of civilisation on the island from the very beginning, "he used to blow it and my mum would come. It's ever so valuable----" (p21), Piggy describe how the conch is a symbol of power, as people will come to it. It is a centrepiece that people will come to. The conch took hundreds of thousands of years to make, and it is very delicate, and like society can be broken in seconds. It is funny, that Piggy should be destroyed at the same time as the conch, Piggy is connected with the conch, the conch and Piggy are both important pieces within society. The conch brings power to them who hold the conch, giving them the power to speak. When people start ignoring these rules, which is when society starts to break down. People struggle to get this power who want it, people who abuse it, get if freely, the people who would like this power, and shadowed by the people who have it, are ignored. The boys' clothing is a sign of civilisation, in society we wear clothes because that is what we are consider to have to do. We use clothes to cover are selves, because that is what we do in society. ...read more.

Conclusion

Piggy on the other hand, is very polite, and sometimes is quite quiet, sometimes he is quite formal, but he is still a child so a lot of the time he is not, "...on account of my asthma." (p13). He is never rude, and never orders people to do things, he just asks them. Golding has written the book in the form of third person, you are looking upon the book, you are a watcher, watching what is happening. This is quite a good effect in a book like this because you see an unbiased approach to the people and characters in the book. Being a watcher on the events that happen means you are viewing the entire island. You are viewing the island as a microcosm; this means you see a "whole" as a small thing. We are seeing the whole of human nature, all of its instincts and reaction in just one tiny island, which is isolated from all over things in the middle of the ocean. In this book Golding uses symbolism to create the reality of what society and war are really like. He shows us the reality of the things we do in society and what is wrong with those things. He also shows us what a society can become and shows us how fragile and precious a society is. He does this with great effect to show what people are really like and what people can really - "mankind's essential illness." Shaun Gunner ENGLISH EN2 COURSEWORK 10AN Miss Dopson 19th December 2002 Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    No longer simply a childish nightmare, the beast has assumed a primal, religious importance in their lives. Jack will use the beast ingeniously to rule his savage kingdom, and each important character will struggle to come to terms with it.

  2. Compare how the authors present and use the concept of the island setting in ...

    Golding's island is used as a microcosm, a miniature version of the world. He chooses to put the boys together and see how they react with each other in the intense atmosphere. Much like many modern reality television shows, isolation prompts no false personality or behaviour.

  1. The Conch - "Lord of the Flies"In William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" ...

    Ralph clutches the shell desperately when he talks about his role in murdering Simon. Later, the other boys ignore Ralph and throw stones at him when he attempts to blow the conch in Jack's camp. The boulder that Roger rolls onto Piggy also crushes the conch shell, signifying the demise

  2. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    chance to escape the island; his bloodlust and thirst for power have overwhelmed his interest in civilization. Whereas he previously justified his commitment to hunting by claiming that it was for the good of the group, now he no longer feels the need to justify his behavior at all.

  1. The Use Of Symbolism In The Lord Of The Flies

    The weather conditions changed after Simon's death to signify the chaos was over and the threat namely the "beast" was no more. As extensive research I investigated Golding's deeper meanings of names. Although it is not explained in the book, Golding uses symbolism through the characters' names to explain their actions and personalities.

  2. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding "Show how Golding - by using description ...

    Ralph has to try to compromise between Jack's frivolous, 'for the moment' philosophy and Piggy's altogether more civilised, ordered and logical philosophy. Sam and Eric, although they are less prominent characters than Piggy, Ralph, Simon and Jack, are still imbued with some allegorical meaning.

  1. Lord of the Flies - What factors lead to the island community becoming increasingly ...

    For example, in one passage, Ralph is contemplating how to keep the fire going, and Jack is thinking of meat, something entirely different, saying that the pigs lay on

  2. Lord of the Flies Essay How does Golding build up to the final ...

    He tries to displace him as chief, and fails. His concern for what others think of him causes hi great embarrassment, "Slowly, the red drained from Jack's cheeks, then came back with a painful rush." He decides that he can no longer remain under Ralph's Chieftaincy, and left to form his own tribe, inviting others to join him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work