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

Examine the importance of the conch, fire, Piggy's glasses, the pig's head and the beast in the Lord of the Flies

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Examine the importance of the conch, fire, Piggy's glasses, the pig's head and the beast in the Lord of the Flies It is clearly evident, to anyone who has studied Lord of the Flies, that each of the symbols portrayed are so important in the novel, that it would be non-existent without them. The entire novel is about symbolism with almost each and every person place and thing representing something different. Even the very island on which the story takes place symbolises the larger world outside the story. On establishing this, it is easier to understand each of the other symbols and the importance of these in the novel. We are introduced to the conch in the first chapter. When Ralph and piggy first find the conch, they are fascinated by it. When describing the conch's appearance, Golding uses beautiful and pure imagery 'eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern', creating an image that the conch is a good and important thing to have on the island. ...read more.

Middle

Ralph and Piggy cared more for the fire than the other boys, showing that they remained more civilized than the rest, 'There was a ship. Out there. You said you'd keep the fire going and you let it out!' Hence, the signal fire stands for the amount of civilization left on the island. It also comforts the boys at night; pushing away the darkness and making the boys feel safe. Ironically, at the end of the novel, a fire finally summons a ship to the island, but not the signal fire. Instead, it is the fire of savagery-the forest fire Jack's gang starts as part of his quest to hunt and kill Ralph. This proves that the fire was important because without it, the boys would never have been rescued. Piggy's glasses are also a very important symbol in the novel. Piggy is the most intelligent, rational boy in the group, and his glasses represent the power of intellect in society. ...read more.

Conclusion

The complicated symbol of the pig's head becomes one of the most important images in the novel when Simon confronts the sow's head in the glade and it seems to speak to him, telling him that evil lies within every human heart and promising to have some "fun" with him. "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?" In this way, the Lord of the Flies becomes both a physical expression of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being. Looking at the novel in the context of biblical parallels, the Lord of the Flies recalls the devil, just as Simon recalls Jesus. In fact, the name "Lord of the Flies" is a literal translation of the name of the biblical name Beelzebub, a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself. As the pig's head and the beast represent the Lord of the Flies, they illustrate great importance. Nicola Maxwell Form 4 Ms. Graham ...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. The Conch - "Lord of the Flies"In William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" ...

    Golding uses a lot of figurative language throughout the novel. He uses a little personification in this book. He does use it, however, during the conversation between the dead pig head and Simon. The head is personified and given able to speak to Simon.

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

    Piggy represents the scientific and intellectual aspects of civilization, as his glasses-a symbol of rationality and intellect-enable the boys to light fires, both for heat and to attract rescuers. Already the boys' savage instincts lead them to value strength and charisma above intelligence: although Piggy has a great deal to

  1. The Importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies.

    During the meeting one of the littluns was pushed forward buy the older ones, 'one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-colored birthmark.' The little boy looked like he was going to cry and he was muttering something Ralph gave him the conch and everyone was laughing

  2. Lord of the Flies - The symbolism of the conch, its importance in the ...

    It's a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone's back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it.' " The shell emitted a deep harsh note that boomed and Ralph was amazed at the sound. The sheer importance of the discovery of the conch and the fact that it makes a loud and appealing

  1. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Jack, obsessed with the idea of killing a pig, camouflages his face with clay and charcoal, then enters the jungle to hunt, accompanied by several other boys.

  2. Explore the importance of the character Simon in "Lord of the Flies".

    He threatens Simon that if he attempted to inform the rest that the beast didn't exist, he too would be killed as the beast could be found even "down there".

  1. What Personality?

    The frightening and increasing violence in our communities with murder, aggravated assault, and forcible rape the most rapidly increasing crimes all seem to lead to support the fact that man must universally be driven to his acts of aggression by some deep seated internal force.

  2. 'Lord Of The Flies' Is An Allegory. Examine The Symbolism In The Novel. ...

    We got to do something.' (Piggy, page 10) ''I expect we'll want to all their names,' said the fat boy, 'and make a list. We ought to have a meeting.' '(Piggy, page 5) There is not much description of Jack in Chapter one as what he becomes a symbol for

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