Allegory and Symbols in Lord of the Flies by William Golding Essay

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The Lord of the Flies is a novel hardly definable that bounders among many genres. Though we may find typical characteristics of adventure, dystopian or religious fiction, the dealing of symbols turn this as a potentially allegorical novel which can be studied and interpreted through different visions and perspectives.
Characters and objects resemble behaviors, historical processes, personality styles and emotions. The narrator found in these the “objective correlative” to evoke different emotions in the reader.
The sincerity of the book gives a new approach about human nature and seeks where the goodness or evilness of our society come from. In fact, it is the frankness of the book that makes it such a great attempt to explore such
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The Lord of the Flies is a novel hardly definable that bounders among many genres. Though we may find typical characteristics of adventure, dystopian or religious fiction, the dealing of symbols turn this as a potentially allegorical novel which can be studied and interpreted through different visions and perspectives.
Characters and objects resemble behaviors, historical processes, personality styles and emotions. The narrator found in these the “objective correlative” to evoke different emotions in the reader.
The sincerity of the book gives a new approach about human nature and seeks where the goodness or evilness of our society come from. In fact, it is the frankness of the book that makes it such a great attempt to explore such themes: “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to write a story about some boys on an island, showing how they would really behave, being boys and not little saints as they usually are in children’s books.” (King, 1)
Taking into account these factors, the exploration of the characters and the symbols of the novel is essential to understand the text.
The main characters of the novel are Ralph and Jack, though Simon, Piggy, Roger or the littluns are a key part in the growth of the events. The development of the characters throughout the novel carries out the progress of the themes and motifs explored.
Ralph and Simon are the characters who evoke and conduct goodness. Despite this, the text shows the different motivations they have for this behavior and why
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