Lord of the Flies Essay

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Lord of the Flies and the novel’s symbolism
     Lord of the flies is a thought-provoking novel authored by William Golding. This novel uses symbolism throughout its entirety to help portray importance and teach lessons. The book describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. Lord of the Flies commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery. Golding does not come right out and show this however he uses symbolism to allow this idea to show. There are many different examples of symbolism in the Novel included are Piggy’s Glasses, the beast
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81 line 2) Jack and his followers would soon acknowledge the importance of fire. As the others soon would understand, Ralph and Piggy knew that whomever controlled the fire was the leader of the island.
     Fire appears to be symbolic of leadership and power. When Ralph held the power to create fire he was the leader of the Island. However the moment that Jack acquired this ability he became the ruler. While Ralph based his law around a democratic society. Jack did not. Jack was a dictator, he told the people what they wanted to hear and slowly but surely he gained their support. At first Ralph controlled fire. However soon a fight erupted over Piggy’s spectacles. His glasses were used to start fires and rightfully they were a precious commodity. Jack eventually stole the eyeglasses and finally he became the true leader of the island and it’s victims. When Ralph controlled the fire it was seen as being a perfect device, it could do no harm. However when Jack received Prometheus’ gift it became misused and abused.
     The island in Lord of the flies is a microcosm of the world. The novel portrays that man is tied to society and law, and without it, man would likely return to savagery. Lord of the flies was written in a time of the atomic bomb and the Cold War. The atom bomb, which brought an end to World War II, set the spark, which let to the arms race. Which

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