Lord Of The Flies Symbolism

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George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” Martin indicates the primal tendency of humans as being savages. The novel Lord of the Flies reveals the true nature of human savagery through the use of many literary elements. In Lord of the Flies, the idea of humanity's flaws is displayed by the many motifs. One of the most important symbols established in the book was the conch, which portrayed leadership and organization. Another crucial motif in Lord of the Flies is the hair and then personal hygiene of the children. Therefore, in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, motif is the most effective literary element in revealing the theme that true human tendency is savagery.
One of the crucial motifs that represent the organization of the community on the island, is the conch shell. This symbol’s influence parallels the civilized order in their population. The first occurrence of the conch symbolizing societal order was at the very beginning with the calling of all on the island. “A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms” calling the survivors(Golding 17). The conch symbolized unity and civility with the gathering of the kids. Later, the conch still illustrates sophistication through the rules that were given to it. Ralph proclaimed that one must “‘[hold the conch] when [one is] speaking’” (Golding 33). This rule would provide order and peace for the

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