Symbolism In The Lord Of The Flies

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Anna Darley Tara Hughes English Honors 10 May 12, 2011 Symbolism in Lord of the Flies Symbolism is a very important factor in many books. In Lord of the Flies the use of symbolism is undoubtedly present. At first glance many may not think much of the symbols; however with some in-depth thought you can see that they reflect the various situations on this tiny island. As time on the island continues the symbols begin to change. The conch, the beast, and the lord of the flies are all symbolic of the destruction and savagery that progresses on the island. Firstly the conch is a strong symbolic force on the island; its existence rivals that of a police officer or another member of the law. At the beginning when Ralph found the conch in the lagoon, he “blew a series of short blasts” (Golding, 15) this called order on the island as all of the boys made their way to the beach. Shortly after that they established that the only person who was holding the conch would be allowed to speak at the meetings. This worked well at the beginning, however, after the fire had been let out by the hunters, the boys started to disrespect the conch and what it stood for. This was a strong foreshadowing of what was to come. As soon after this, the tension and rebellion rose, Jack left ultimately taking most of the boys. During this time Jack’s tribe was highly disrespectful of the conch, at time it was even ignored completely by Jack and the others. After the tribes separated, Jack held a feast and making sure what he said was very clear, “The conch does not count on this side of the island” (Golding, 150). This is another hidden symbol that Jack did not want rules or regulations. Ultimately, the conch was killed along with Piggy; this symbolized the beginning of the end of Ralph. It was also the destruction of the conch that represented the full transition to savagery of the
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