Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

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In order to keep civilization within a community one would have to make rules and laws to keep things in check. If one were to put young boys on a stranded island, all alone and away from society, one might guess that even though they have each other, the human nature in each of them will soon deteriorate and cause them to do absurd things. In the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbolism to demonstrate the deterioration of civilization on the island. When a group of young British School boys crash on a deserted island their first attempt is to keep things in line, this will soon fail as the boys are isolated and away from home, which will then lead them to savagery and eventually the destruction of their whole island. Golding uses symbols such as the conch, the fire and characters such as Jack as examples to show the downturns of civilization on the island.
The conch, being a big glistening shell. Which, was first spotted by Ralph and Piggy at the bottom of the ocean is, a very meaningful symbol of the deterioration of civilization in this novel: “ A conch ever so expensive. I bet if you wanted to buy one you’d have to pay pounds and pounds”(Golding 11). In the beginning of the novel, the conch is portrayed as very radiant, with a deep cream in the inside and a faded pink. This expresses the civilisation and order that first

begins in the novel, as Ralph uses the conch to bring all the boys together, to establish rules and regulations on the island. Later,

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