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Lord of the Flies "Lord of the Flies" by Sir William Golding is a story of survival and adventure when a small group of schoolboys become marooned on a remote desert island. During the day the island is an idyllic paradise where they can run about and play in the pools but at night they are haunted by the terrible "Beast". This essay will examine and comment on the use of symbolism throughout the novel. The boys' first important event when they are on the island is the discovery of a conch shell. Ralph (a sensible boy) and Piggy (a fat boy with glasses) use the conch shell to call all the boys back together after the crash. ...read more.


With some research I found that the title, "Lord of the Flies" is a translation of the name Beelzebub otherwise known as Satan. While talking to Simon it tells him the evil is inside everyone. The pigs head becomes the symbol for evil while also representing the "Beast". The "Beast" is yet another very important symbol in the book. In the boys' minds, they believe the beast is a scary snake-like creature. Really it represents the lingering evil which is present in every human mind. Simon realises this and, all be it grudgingly, attempts to tell the other boys. "Maybe there is a beast...What I mean is...maybe it's only us" None of the other boys will believe him. ...read more.


As the story goes on we start to see the island as more of a prison to the boys. When the boys set fire to the island, the fire symbolises the island being a hell. "Piggy glanced nervously into hell" It gives us a hint of what is to come for the boys as the island becomes more and more hellish. After being intended to be used for good the fire gets out of hand again symbolising the islands descent into hell. Overall, I feel Golding's use of symbolism in "Lord of the Flies" is absolutely exceptional. He takes what could be seen as quite simple, everyday objects and what is basically quite simple storyline and uses symbolism to make it an exciting, timeless, thought provoking masterpiece of modern literature which I feel that I can look deeper into every time I read it. Michael Young ...read more.

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