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Symbolism In Lord Of The Flies

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In everyday life, many objects that are used often are usually overlooked, and even uncommon actions, and also ideas, are often taken for granted. William Golding uses common, ordinary, everyday objects but also adds in uncommon and unique elements to symbolize ideas or concepts that help to emphasize the main theme of Lord of the Flies. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding manipulates several elements to show lack of humanity and savagery throughout the novel to reveal more feelings and emotions.
One of the most meaningful and most recognizable objects that is symbolized in Lord of the Flies is the item that basically gives the whole novel its name, which is the pig's head. How Golding describes the pig’s head on the top of a sharp wooden spear is extremely violent and visual. The pig's head is portrayed as, "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," and is also stated to be capped with, "black blob of flies" (Golding 137-138). The usage of these words to describe the pigs head gives a gloomy vibe and reveals to the reader that the pigs head isn’t something that should bring joy throughout the novel. Simon starts to have talks with the pig’s head, and then things start to get weirder and weirder and the reality that the pig head is a hallucination is revealed. Simon finds out that the “beast”, which had scared all the other boys with him on the island, isn’t a real thing that they did not know of. The pigs head tells Simon in the book, "O You knew,
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