Inner Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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The inner savagery within every one of us can only be restricted with civilization. In the allegorical novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, a group of British boys aged from 6 to 12 gets stranded on an island where everything is provided for them. Without any adults, the boys only have each other to rely on due to the great fear of the ‘beast’. As the boys are liberated from civilization, the fear of the beast brings out the inner savagery of the young boys. The most important techniques used by Golding are symbolism of a conch, dialogue, and foreshadowing. These techniques reveal an important message to the readers, that the inner savagery exists within everyone and civilization is the only thing that can restrict the destruction.

The important techniques in Lord of the flies are the symbolism of the conch and dialogue. Throughout the novel, Golding changes the state of the conch purposely to represent the changing state of civilization among the boys. When Piggy and Ralph find the conch, Piggy says, “It’s ever so valuable. A conch; ever so expensive”. By using this dialogue Golding gives an idea to the reader than the conch is being valued and so is its symbolic value, civilization. The state of the conch is related to the boys, so the boys at this stage works collaboratively with each other and they even create their own ‘rule’. The conch is given an important role and Golding uses a dialogue, ‘I’ll give conch to the next person to speak.’ to show us that

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