Symbolism in Lord of the Flies by Golding Essay

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Symbolism - Throughout the novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding uses many images and symbols to portray evil and destruction.


Throughout the novel, 'Lord of the Flies', Golding uses many images and symbols to portray evil and destruction. One of the main symbols is the beast, and it destroys the relationships of the boys and is the main symbol of evil. The conch on the other hand, is the symbol of good, and represents the pure side of the boys. There are also many symbols which tell us about their life on the island and 'set the scene' in a deeper way.

The Island is described in great detail by Golding and at first, the island is full of goodness and one would think that nothing could go wrong on the island.
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Piggy is not seen to be responsible, just because of the way he looks. The conch helps the boys take control of the situations they are in and reassures the boys that there is good on the island. They sort of confide in the conch and when the conch is held up, it is a sign of respect for each other, and the respect of law and order. Many meetings were held to discuss plans and the conch is the centre of these assemblies. Who ever is in possession of the conch, has the right to speak and speak his mind. When the island begins to fall apart, the conch is soon dismissed and no one pays attention to it.
'The conch exploded' and 'ceased to exist', and when this happens, the boy's don't have any respect for each other, especially piggy, and begin to lose sight of what is good and what is evil.

The boys start hunting for their food, and when they come across the pig for the first time, Ralph Cant help himself and kills the pig, it seems like he does this for pleasure and he enjoys the experience. The hunting seems exciting to the boys and they all eventually want to hunt. He later kills many more pigs and they eventually turn into savages. They eventually turn into animals themselves and they can't help killing and it becomes natural for them to kill. Jack has a natural skill for hunting. They eventually progress from animals to people, and the use of weapons becomes greater. They actually become a group of real hunters, they chant, and use
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