Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

1212 WordsOct 29, 20145 Pages
All of a sudden, a group of children find themselves stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere—pretty scary right? Well this is just what happens in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. This piece of literature is used by the author to describe the very real society of human beings, through the eyes of young, “innocent” children. There is savagery, evil, goodness at heart, and the sense of hope, whether being lost or discovered, in this book. In Lord of the Flies, there are multiple different symbols that Golding uses to show the fall of society. Two of them being the beautiful conch shell, and the hopeful signal fire. These two symbols are brought up throughout the book, however, they don’t always bring out the best in the boys living on the island. Throughout Lord of the Flies, it’s noticed how the signal fire is used to show the deterioration of the boys’ hope in rescue, and overall loss of hope in themselves and each other. One of the main characters, Ralph, sees a ship near the island. He runs up to the top of the mountain where the fire sits and discovers there is no more smoke, so, “Ralph reached down inside him for the worst word he knew. ‘They let the bloody fire go out’” (Golding 68). In this scene, Ralph had sent another character, Jack, and some of his buddies to look after the fire for a while. What happens is Jack and his friends run down the mountain to go hunting and they forget about their duty of watching the fire. As Ralph realizes that the boys do
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