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In the story Lord Of the Flies, William Golding incorporates symbols in his use of words.

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In the story Lord Of the Flies, William Golding incorporates symbols in his use of words. In each chapter, Golding uses different passages to show the symbolism of different happenings on the island. All of the quotes that have been selected for this essay symbolize a significant part to the story Lord of The Flies. After the horrific plane crash, the boys, in search of survivors come upon the conch shell. Piggy, right away has a good idea on how the conch was of some importance. "We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us." The conch will symbolize the law and order on the island that the boys had in their adult world. This shell represents all the authority that the boys are so used to obeying. This is the base for the society on the island. The fire plays a key role as the boys last hope of survival. The smoke that is created by the fire would give a passing ship the signal that the boys are in need of help. When the boys build the fire in chapter 2, they make a mistake, which sends the fire out of control, burning a good size piece of the mountain. Piggy tells them that they are acting as "little kids". " How can you expect to be rescued if you don't put things first and act proper." ...read more.

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There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs." The parachute man in dead and the beast is prospering from it. The adult world is over. The childish behavior is leading to chaos among everyone. The barbaric behavior that has been on the verge of taking over the island throughout the novel finally takes over in chapter 7. When Ralph failed to capture and kill the pig, Jack and his hunters couldn't resist and pretended to kill a pig. They used Robert as the sow. Golding then explains the motives of the minds of the boys, "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering." The symbol of evil human nature has taken over the island and even Ralph. In chapter 8, Simon speaks to the beast. " There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the beast...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 a no go? Why things are the way they are?" These words, which are spoken by the beast, are central to the novel's theme of human evil. The words that the beast speaks make him sound like the devil. In this chapter, the beast symbolizes a biblical demon. ...read more.

Conclusion

Golding explains, "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." In this way, though the boys are rescued, the novel has anything but a happy ending. Indeed Golding's dark vision of man has come true throughout the novel. The symbol of the reasoning that has been destroyed comes back to haunt Ralph in Chapter 12. When Samneric told the others where Ralph was hiding, they betrayed him. This devastates Ralph, who can't reason any longer. Golding explains his feelings, "There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch." Jack has destroyed Ralph. Ralph loses his sanity and he can't fight back against anyone. Piggy was gone and the conch was gone. These two things were the main reason why Ralph survived. They also represented the most realistic things of the old adult world. The last chapter contains irony between two of the symbols talked about in this essay. It suggests that civilization and savagery are more closely connected than I thought. The conclusion of the book didn't really make sense. If the author really wanted to destroy all symbols of the "old" world, he would've had Ralph die. Ralph symbolizes the perfect human. He believes in a perfect world. If he were to die the perfect world that he tried to make would've been destroyed. This would have made for a better ending of the book. ...read more.

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