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Essay-Lord of the flies How Golding uses Symbolism effectively? Introduction: Symbolism plays an important role in Lord of the flies. Each of the symbols stands for something and has importance in the story. The symbols that we will explore are the Island, the Fire, Piggy's glasses, the Conch, the Names, the Beast, the Pigs Head and the fable. The novel is about a plane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain on a deserted tropical island and how they live their life without no rules and elders. The Island: The island is a tropical deserted island. It symbolises Isolated. 'Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island'. It symbolises Freedom because 'this is our island, it's a good island until the grown-ups come to fetch us, and we'll have fun'. This tells us that the boys enjoy their life without any grown-ups and spend their time doing anything they want like splashing in water, having fights and playing games. On the other hand, it symbolises Dangerous because 'he saw a shelter burst into flames'. ...read more.


This tells us the description of the Conch. Also, when the Conch breaks everyone wasn't settled, organised and went their own ways. For example Jack and his tribe set the island on fire. So Golding uses the conch as a symbol to keep everyone together. Piggy's Glasses: Piggy's glasses symbolize intelligence because without his glasses he cannot think or see. With his glasses are his visions because he is the one who gives ideas to Ralph because he is the leader. He decides what is wrong, right, safe and harmful. He is the only one that had brains. Also when Piggy dies everyone goes disorganised without Piggy's intelligence. 'What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense'. This shows that Piggy is the one that that had the intelligence to know what they were doing and understand situations so that a resolution can be found. On the other hand, Piggy's glasses symbolize fire because when Jack takes his glasses to make a fire with the reflection of the sun. 'My specs, give me my specs'. ...read more.


'Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! I'm part of you... I'm the reasons why things are no go'. This tells us that Simon knew that there was no beast to eat but there was a beats within us. Simon was scared and lost consciousness Lord of the flies as a Fable: Lord of the flies is the literal translation of the Hebrew 'Beelzebub' or Satan. His message of the novel and its most important symbols is 'It seemed to me that man capacity for greed, his innate cruelty and selfishness was clear. I believed that man was sick-not exceptional man, but average man. I believed that the condition of man was to be a morally diseased reaction'. Golding experience of the war is that everyone can be cruel, selfish and greedy in some ways but for a good reason. Conclusion: This novel is important because it explores what kids will do when they are evacuated on a deserted island. He uses powerful symbols to symbolize each object. He uses it effectively for say the Conch. But he uses weak symbols like the Pigs Head because he didn't use it effectively. Naimah Akthar 10.5 Ms.Neilson ...read more.

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