• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    Ralph (In-Depth Analysis) Ralph, a twelve-year-old boy marooned with a group of other boys on a deserted island, is the athletic, charismatic protagonist of Lord of the Flies. Elected the leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel, Ralph is the primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel.

  2. How does 'Lord of the Flies' convey the struggle between good and evil?

    The first conflict is at the end of chapter 2, when Piggy and Jack have an argument about the forest fire, e.g. 'You shut up!' Ralph, as he is during a lot of the book, is in between both of them.

  1. Lord of the Flies - The symbolism of the conch, its importance in the ...

    later on it becomes tainted and we see this symbolically when I quote "Jack held the delicate thing in his sooty hands". Ralph clutches it desperately when he talks about his role in murdering Simon and later he is taunted and pelted with stones when he tries to blow it in Jack's camp at Castle Rock.

  2. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    For Ralph, as for the other boys, nothing can ever be as it was before coming to the island of the Lord of the Flies. Study Questions What does it mean to say that Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel?

  1. The Use Of Symbolism In The Lord Of The Flies

    Golding used the fire as the only available way of getting rescued and made it a symbol of utmost importance as characters had hope in it. Although it is not always clear, the smallest of objects could be at the height of importance and symbolism, the object that is being described is Piggy's precious glasses.

  2. How Golding Uses Symbols in Lord of the Flies.

    It is, indeed an interesting debate. The idea of power corrupting, and being corruptible in return, is also evident in the way that Jack speaks out openly against Ralph, repeatedly, either with or without the conch. He even says, during the assembly scene in chapter Five, "bollocks to the rules!"

  1. "Discuss William Golding's use of symbolism in 'Lord of the Flies'".

    they can't live with the fire as it destroys them, and they can't live without it because they won't be able to get home. They also need the fire to cook their food. They need it to survive. It is also a light within the dark places on the island.

  2. Compare and Contrast the Writer's treatment of the Themes of Civilisation and Savagery in ...

    the argument doesn't seem so savage because the reader has just formed an opinion of a civilised meeting. In both Lord of the Flies and Pollock and the Porroh Man, they have meetings but savageness is apparent in both.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work