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William Goldings Use Of Symbolism In The Novel "Lord Of The Flies".

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William Goldings Use Of Symbolism In The Novel "Lord Of The Flies" Lord of the flies has a simple story line with increasing meaning around that a central core. As a fable it is uncomplicated, but it covers many deeper issues. The story contains, for instance, a number of symbolic objects. The conch is more than just a shell, useful for attracting attention and summoning the boys to meetings. It is like a church bell calling the faithful, and embodies some of the ritual of religious ceremonies. For the boys on the island it also imposes a sense of order. Before the boys reached the island, they had come from a place where democracy was standard. They had tried to keep democracy on the island when they first arrived. The conch is than discovered and is made to symbolise law and order, it symbolises democracy on the island. The boys are told that they cannot talk in assemblies unless they are holding the conch, and are also told to treat the person, holding the conch, with respect. Piggy is able to give his intelligent ideas in these meetings, which lead to improvements in the boys' lives. Intelligent thoughts like moving away the toilets from the shelters, to try to keep a fire burning at all times, so that a passing ship may see it. ...read more.

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It is Simon who sees the parachutist as an example of the capability of adults for death and destruction. He symbolically frees this when he realises the suspension lines of the parachute. You may think that symbolism is linked to objects but in some situations, actions are also symbolic, for example, when the hunters baptise themselves with the blood of the pig. In Lord of the flies the battle between good and evil is a central theme. It appears in many conflicts. It happens between, between the boys and the terrifying beast, the conch group and the savages and between rescue from a passing ship and imprisonment on the increasingly insane island. Early in the novel, good is in the upper hand. The conch provides a symbol of the decency and order of the society that the boys have come from. Ralph organises the construction of shelters - mostly, in fact, the selfless work of himself and Simon - and a fire to signal the ships with. The boys spend the majority of the time playing and there are a few accidents, such as the fire that kills the birth-marked boy, but with Ralph's caring government, good is always leading. This is not the case though, all the way through the novel, as jack tries to take over the conch group. This does not work and so he makes his own group of hunters. ...read more.

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shows great courage in other respects; he walks alone through the jungle at night and even climbs the mountain to face the beast. In the novel Simon has been given a Christ-like figure, he represents good. There are many examples of how Simon has done a similar thing to what Jesus has done. For example Simon was a martyr, as Christ was, trying to help others whilst dying. Also Simon resisted the temptations of the lord of the flies, just as Jesus resisted the temptations of Satan. The island itself is symbolic of many things. The novel was written post world war two, so there is a war in the outside world as well as one inside the island, between the boys. The island has been split into two by the scar - the friendly and unfriendly side, the good side and the evil side. The island is also symbolic in another way. It symbolises the Garden of Eden, A beautiful place where man was tempted by Satan to do wrong and to commit sin. Just like what was happening in the island, Symbolism plays a key part in the novel, lord of the flies, as it has been used in many areas. William Golding has used it in the characters, the setting, in objects, in the actions of the boys; even the island itself is symbolic. Golding has used symbolism in many other areas, and it is very effective. Hammad Naveed ...read more.

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