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The Use Of Symbolism In The Lord Of The Flies

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The Use Of Symbolism In The Lord Of The Flies A symbol is something concrete that represents another thing or idea. In Lord Of The Flies a lot of things we encounter are given symbolic meaning by the way the author William Golding uses them. The book it's self is named after a symbol, the words "Lord Of The Flies" translated means "Beelzebub" which is another word for "the devil" the book was named after the devil because evil has a large influence on the book and it's characters. Evil takes dominance in the book over the power of good and causes death suffering and prevents the establishment of civilisation by the means of chaos and anarchy. From the second that William Golding starts the book symbolism is being used, The Island it's self Is a symbol of isolation, a different dimension of chaos and it's surrounded by a barrier (the sea). The island also signifies the process on which civilisation is established and the thin line that lies between chaos and civilisation. When the children first arrive on the island the plane they were in crashes leaving a path of destruction, the boys refer to the path of destruction as a "Scar" on the island, Golding uses this term to put emphasis on the earth being damaged by mankind and scaring the earth. The word "Scar" that Golding uses also suggests the path of destruction on the island will never vanish, as will the damage being done to the earth by mankind. ...read more.

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Golding used one small object to symbolise important things of the book: Intelligence, Rescue, Priority and Civilisation and uses the glasses in conjunction with Piggy, a vital character in the book. Roughly about half way through the novel the attempt of civilisation is crushed by a break off of Jack and the other hunters from the rest of the group and civilisation descends into savagery and tribal activity. The savagery in the book is used by Golding to symbolise chaos in society, the savages take a different look on priorities on the island, instead of being rescued, they desire to stay on the island and live there without adults as savages. The savagery and tribal activity begins when Jack first makes his hunting mask from face paints he believes that it gives him freedom, while he wears It he can do anything, "The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self consciousness", this mask allows Jack to do anything he desires while he is wearing it. As the descent into savagery continues further on the event of dancing begins to become more frequent, the dancing takes place whenever something chaotic will happen e.g. Simon's death, the tribal dancing also includes the chant of "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" the chant is very powerful and was used the very first time the hunt took place, the chant was also used in the killing of Simon, in which every child took place including Ralph and Piggy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The symbol of evil that Golding used was the most important of all: The Beast. The beast symbolises the evil residing within us all. It was the beast that made conflict between Jack and Ralph, it was the beast that struck fear into the minds of the "litlun's", it was the beast that killed the pure goodness that was Simon, it was the beast that destroyed the conch and it was the beast that killed Piggy. The beast is the reason for all bad things as all bad things are a consequence of evil hence if the beast is the evil residing in us all, all bad actions must be of the beast's doing. Golding used the symbolism of the beast to bring to life the evil within us all and to make us realise our actions as people with evil dwelling within us all. A symbol is something concrete that represents another thing or idea. In Lord Of The Flies a lot of things we encounter are given symbolic meaning by the way the author William Golding uses them, the symbolism used is truly magnificent as it gives an incite into how civilisation was formed and how it was prevented or destroyed by savagery, chaos and anarchy, it also gives us a view about chaos and evil against law and order. The symbolism used also gives us a view of pure goodness and the evil residing within us all. In conclusion the symbolism used in The Lord Of The Flies symbolises the Earth and everything on it. ...read more.

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