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

In this essay I will be discussing the different types of symbols and their meanings in the book "The Lord of the Flies." I will be discussing how the signal fire, the conch Shell, and The lord

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Lord of the Flies Formal Argumentative Essay In this essay I will be discussing the different types of symbols and their meanings in the book "The Lord of the Flies." I will be discussing how the signal fire, the conch Shell, and The lord of the Flies are all very important symbols in the novel "The Lord of the Flies." The first symbol I will talk about is the conch and how it was used and how it is so important to the novel. The conch shell was discovered by Ralph and Piggy on the beach at the start of the novel and they used it to get the boys together after the crash separates them all. ...read more.

Middle

The nest symbol I will be describing is the signal fire. The signal fire burns on the top of the mountain, and later on the beach, to attract the notice of passing ships that might be able to rescue the boys. As a result, the signal fire becomes a barometer of the boys' connecting to civilization. In the early part of the novel, the fact that the boys maintain the fire is a sign that they want to be rescued and return to society. When the fire burns low and goes out, we realize that the boys have lost sight of their desire to be rescued and have accepted they savage lives on the island. ...read more.

Conclusion

(This "fun" foreshadows Simon's death in the next chapter.) In this way, the Lord of the Flies becomes both a physical manifestation of the best, a symbol of power and evil, and a kind of devilish figure that evokes the beast within each human being. The biblical name for "The lord of the Flies" is Beelzebub, a powerful demon in hell something thought to be the devil himself. There are many other aspects in the story that may be considered symbolism, but the several above are probably the most significant.. Because without any of these symbols I really don't think the boys that were stuck on the island were going to make it out alive if they didn't have these very symbols. Also these symbols show the digression of society from civilization into savagery, and shows how much people can change when they are without civilization. ...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

Here's what a star student thought of this essay

4 star(s)

Response to the question

This is a good, rounded essay, but there are a few things to mention in order to improve it and ensure a high grade. First off, the candidate writes a very formulaic introduction - whilst this does not explicitly cause ...

Read full review

Response to the question

This is a good, rounded essay, but there are a few things to mention in order to improve it and ensure a high grade. First off, the candidate writes a very formulaic introduction - whilst this does not explicitly cause the examiner to deduct points or prevent giving any, candidates should want to make a better impression in their opening paragraph, as it will show the examiner right there and then if the candidate knows what they are talking about, so fluency and confidence is important in this section, and I would recommend avoided clunky, repetitive sentences which regurgitate the question a lot. Also, do not write in the introduction that you will do something and then refrain from doing it, as it might not appear very easy to notice when writing it, but if reading, the examiner will know if something has not been fulfilled when it said it would be. There is no analysis of "the signal fire" in the essay despite the candidate saying there would be. I would also recommend therefore, that the candidate picks another symbol - the signal fire does not have much to analyse, as it stems away from the need for civilisation and order in order to create it. A better symbol would be something character-based (e.g. - Piggy's glasses, the importance of Simon, or the change of character in Jack).

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis shown is good, but not excellent. The candidate makes a good attempt to analyse two important symbols from the novel but doesn't quite go the whole 19-yards for each of them. There is a good symbolic analysis, but to bring the marks even higher the candidate would have to consider the context of the novel. Contextual appreciation is absolutely imperative for candidate aiming for A/A* grades in GCSE English. The candidate would have to consider the religious connotation of Simon's confrontation with the Lord of the Flies and also the social commentary he makes when the symbol for civilisation is destroyed. This latter objective is accomplished more completely but again, the largely-weighted religious resonance of the Lord of the Flies must be considered. Other than that, the candidate's analysis is well-structured and worded in a way that naturally encourages precision, so well done with the fluidity of the essay.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is very good. The candidate's used of English appears very regimented and prescriptive at the beginning of the essay, but becomes arguably more interesting and fluid later on, helping the reader (and the examiner) maintain a good, focused interest throughout, This is good and one of the less-celebrated skills of essay writing - by using a range of vocabulary and a diverse range of sentence syntaxes the candidate's essay remains thoroughly engaging throughout.


Did you find this review helpful? Join our team of reviewers and help other students learn

Reviewed by sydneyhopcroft 04/08/2012

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

    to speak, he steals fire as it is practical and necessary to cook the meat he hunts and then he takes away the other's only chance of fire-Piggy's glasses. When Ralph and Piggy go to castle rock to reason with Jack and his hunters Ralph tries to blow the conch

  2. TITANIC – Critical Essay

    This gives the impression of Jack daydreaming and there is a medium shot on his face with his eyes squinting from the sun. His hair is blowing in slow motion from the breeze, which also sets the tone. This scene immediately shows the difference in class between Jack and Rose.

  1. 'Lord of the Flies': Simon Essay.

    Golding portrays the death of Simon as a beautiful thing, surrounded by "strange moon beam bodied creatures with fiery eyes" These small creatures resemble tiny angles carrying Simon away, signifying Simons religious importance to the novel. As Simon drifts out to sea, Golding changes the scene from the island to the whole world, the sun and the moon, circling forever.

  2. How is evil portrayed in 'Lord of the Flies'?

    We know when he has become a savage when he 'had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was'. We also know that he has turned savage when he increasing becomes obsessed with hunting and leaves Ralph's tribe.

  1. Lord of the Flies Essay: Importance of Ralph

    explains why he can't understand how the fire is the last thing on the their minds. In order to make sure that the fire stays on, he makes a rule that fire is to be on the mountain only, and if anyone wants to cook something, it should be done on the mountain.

  2. To what extent do you consider the Lord of the Flies to be a ...

    They had lost their first chance of rescue and it dawned to many that they might not ever see that chance again. Due to Jack's impulsive behaviour, the fire was let out and their means of rescue dwindled. Coral Island. Group and leader. Lord of the Flies. Savages and Chief.

  1. Lord of the flies chapter 8

    Jack, in chapter eight, capitalises on the appearance of the beast, although he himself is scared of its shadowy presence too. However, he realises that the group's faith in Ralph is ever decreasing because of the fear and instability of the beast on the island.

  2. Epilogue to Lord of the Flies

    He shook himself out of the trance. Suddenly Ralph wakened from his concentration and found himself face to face with the tall officer. 'Hey kid you okay?' The officer asked for a second time, more concerned this time. Ralph nodded quickly then got up in a flash and joined the other boys to get cleaned up.

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