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Symbolism - Throughout the novel, 'Lord of the Flies', Golding uses many images and symbols to portray evil and destruction.

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Michael McCone Symbolism Throughout the novel, 'Lord of the Flies', Golding uses many images and symbols to portray evil and destruction. One of the main symbols is the beast, and it destroys the relationships of the boys and is the main symbol of evil. The conch on the other hand, is the symbol of good, and represents the pure side of the boys. There are also many symbols which tell us about their life on the island and 'set the scene' in a deeper way. The Island is described in great detail by Golding and at first, the island is full of goodness and one would think that nothing could go wrong on the island. 'Flower and fruit grew together' is an 'Eden' like harmony and innocence and survival should be easy, especially when there are no rules and as much food as they want to eat. It is infact the environment they have, without any rules, which destroys their lives in the future. ...read more.

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When the island begins to fall apart, the conch is soon dismissed and no one pays attention to it. 'The conch exploded' and 'ceased to exist', and when this happens, the boy's don't have any respect for each other, especially piggy, and begin to lose sight of what is good and what is evil. The boys start hunting for their food, and when they come across the pig for the first time, Ralph Cant help himself and kills the pig, it seems like he does this for pleasure and he enjoys the experience. The hunting seems exciting to the boys and they all eventually want to hunt. He later kills many more pigs and they eventually turn into savages. They eventually turn into animals themselves and they can't help killing and it becomes natural for them to kill. Jack has a natural skill for hunting. They eventually progress from animals to people, and the use of weapons becomes greater. ...read more.

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Simon is the only one that realises that the beast is just a creature, created in their minds. His lack of communication skills is a great downfall as he cannot explain this to the others. I the end, the other boys murder Simon as they think it's the beast. This symbolises that evil is overpowering the good as the evil boys, are butchering Simon, who is the only sign of purity and goodness on the island. Surprisingly, when they kill Simon, they end up realising what they have done and are ashamed of themselves. All this is because of the beast, and the feelings of fear it created in the hearts of the boys. Overall, Golding creates many symbols in the novel which represent death and evil. He uses the beast to represent mans weaknesses and man's darkest side, which eventually kills them, even though created by them. The Actual story represents society and all of the symbols are correspondent to today's real life situations, but are just exaggerated a bit more and made into a story which explains these situations in a more interesting way. ...read more.

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