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Andrew Symbolism in Lord of The Flies Lightstone The Lord of the flies is a political and moral fable about a group of boys stranded on a tropical island. The story can be seen as a tale of the boys regressing in a non-civilised society, or it can be seen to represent something else that continues to tell a story about life at the time and offers a more in-depth view of the island and the children on it. Throughout the story, symbolism is used to give the reader more of an insight into what is going on. Every detail is significant to the progression of the story. The island on which the children are stranded is a microcosm for the world. The children are the population. They make up the different leaders, and the littluns are the followers. The conch is the thing that brings everyone together. It is a sign of peace and democracy. Although, as the group starts to divide, Piggy becomes the only one believing in the conch's power, because he knows that without it, no one would take him seriously. ...read more.


they would take it and end up destroying the island. The one thing the children needed was Piggy's glasses. They represented rescue and hope. The glasses lit the fire that helped them to make smoke. They were the only things the children needed on the island, and they came from the one who most people thought was useless. Piggy. Yet they were the only remaining things that came from the adult world-civilisation. When they broke, all hope of rescue had gone, and the last link the children had to civilisation had been snapped. The island was completely natural having no help from humans. Yet once humans intervene, the damage is done. 'The scar,' where the plane crashed, leaving, 'splintered trunks,' was man's first contact with the island. Once the children had got to know each other, they climbed the mountain and pushed the boulder off with a, 'heave.' They had absolutely no reason to do so. It shows the destructiveness of the older generations has echoed through to their children and it foreshadows the events that will take place further on in the story. ...read more.


If we didn't have them, we would be no better than animals. The fear of the unknown and the threat within the children is enough to break this wall of morality and the children regressed back to a primitive state. The fruit on the island is not enough for the boys so they decide to go in search of meat. 'Hunters,' were made and they went off in search of meat. The choir were made the hunters and were led by Jack. This seemed to have made Jack regress faster than any of the other boys. He was now, 'dog-like,' and, 'nearly mad,' with the subject of hunting. His blood lust was so unhealthy he forgot about the rescue-the main factor which the other boys were aiming for. This foreshadows the way the story turns, as Jack becomes so obsessed with hunting that he and the choir splits from the others. As the rules and morals that the boys had grown up with slowly deteriorate, Jack brings up the idea of masks. He thinks that if his face is painted, then he his hidden from society, and he could do whatever he wants. This shows the primitive form that Jack has become. ...read more.

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