Symbolism in the Lord of the Flies

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Is everything always as it seems? In the novel, The Lord of the Flies, by William Goulding, many items and characters symbolize other things. Some of these symbols are easier to recognize, but others are more difficult to see. The conch shell that is found by Piggy has more of a meaning than just something used to call assemblies and give the right to talk. The conch shell symbolizes order. It reminds the boys that there are rules to be followed and authority to be listened to. It gives them a sense of unity and democracy, just as the character of Ralph does with his strong leadership and direction. After all, Piggy says, “How can you expect to be rescued if you don't put first things first and act proper?” (Goulding, page 45). In the world, there is and always will be a war of good versus evil. It is a battle that will not end until the world itself has ended. In The Lord of the Flies, there are some boys who can be thought to represent evil, and boys who represent good in the world. Jack and Roger both symbolize savagery and evil with their horrible behavior and thirst for killing. Ralph and Simon are almost complete opposites of Jack and Roger, because they are symbols of good and purity in the book. The opposing forces are what cause constant conflict on the island. Even when they are rescued, the officer is shocked. “What have you been doing? Having a war or something?” (Goulding, page 201). Not only can characters and items be symbols for greater things, buy places can also fit the standard of a symbol. The island they are stranded on symbolizes isolation. The boys are completely isolated from humanity and everything they've ever known there. The site of their plane crash, also called the scar, can be thought of as a symbol of destructive forces in the world. It is a place where there is no longer a plane, but a graveyard of parts and pieces. Almost nothing
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