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What message does Golding attempt to convey through symbolism in Lord of The Flies?

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What message does Golding attempt to convey through symbolism in Lord of The Flies? In the book 'Lord of the Flies' (LOTF) William Golding tries to convey strong messages through a story of mankind in its purest form. He uses symbols to show * the disintegration of order, leadership and civilisation * the primary disregard for intelligence and childish innocence * the raw presence of savagery, power-hunger and the self gratification in mankind Due to the above themes being those of a very philosophical nature Golding uses simple symbols to represent these actions and relationships which make it easier to understand the basic points he is trying to get at. In LOTF Golding uses a mixture of people and objects to represent these various concepts. In essence this novel represents the struggle between good and evil, civilisation and savagery etc. I will now discuss the various symbols Golding uses and what concepts they represent. Piggy and his Glasses Piggy is the stands for intelligence, "Piggy for all his ludicrous body, had brains", and the fact that intelligence, logic and rational play an important part in society. ...read more.


The conch gives the holder the right of free speech and the holder can have his point heard in relative freedom. As the island sways towards savagery the conch starts to lose its power and influence over the boys and Ralph fears that if he blows it that it will not evoke the slightest of responses. This prophecy becomes reality as the other boys ignore Ralph and throw stones at him when he attempts to blow the conch in Jack's camp. In fact, Jack says that "the conch doesn't matter on [his] side of the island." This shows Jacks blatant disregard for democracy an open agenda for a dictatorship with himself at the head. The murder of Piggy also crushes the conch shell, showing the end of civilization and democracy on the island. There is a link between the Conch and Piggy. Earlier in the book he claimed "It's ever so valuable" but due to his medical restrictions he is unable to use it. His intelligence and knowledge give Ralph the power of the conch. If Piggy had not had these restrictions perhaps the story could have been completely different. ...read more.


However as the boys become more savage-like the fires main function becomes that of a cooking fire. When boys act as civilised people they have a greater desire to join the world from which they came they do their best to keep the fire going. But when the boys become contented with fun times and feasts the rescue fire becomes a secondary issue. The fire not only has the power to rescue but also to destroy as the boys find out when they set the island alight. Face Paint The face point represents two things. Firstly the uniformity of a savage life under the rule of Jack and secondly a 'mask' to hide behind. Due to the change in atmosphere to that of savagery and uncivilisation the boys hide from the values they know they should keep by putting on the masks. It would seem that when the boys put on the masks they become different people. For example Jack "He [Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling." Here we see the different Jack we also see that when Jack becomes the Chief and wears he is able to make decisions such as torture seemingly without remorse. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lord of the Flies ...read more.

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