Symbolism in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Gonzalo Barril Merino 3EMC Lord of the Flies Essay Describe the use of symbolism in Lord of the Flies By understanding symbols, you get a better picture of the novel “Lord of the Flies” and the hidden messages and references to human nature and a criticism of society. The author, William Golding, uses a huge amount of symbolism to reflect society of the outer world with the island. Symbols of fire, the conch and water are described all throughout the novel. Fire represents hope, strength and knowledge, but it also represents disorder and destruction, switching from good and useful to evil and uncontrollable. The conch, a precious shining pink shell, found by Piggy, rescued by Ralph, and later given to Piggy to hold, represents…show more content…
Rain generates tension and also influences the kids to take bad decisions and act by their instincts. Ralph dislikes rain; he stated he didn’t like clouds, because it reminded him of the day the landed on the island. Rain is a symbol of tension and discomfort, because kids feel strange when the rain falls of they’re reminded of it, for example, in the second chapter, when Piggy shouts to the kids because they ran straight to make the fire instead of thinking in shelters. Finally, during Simon’s death scene, waterfalls of rain descended from the clouds, generating even more tension. This tension generated Simon’s death, and the kids negating they participated. Symbols are necessary to understand Lord of the Flies, because the author makes a complex description of society and human nature, reflecting it in symbols and characters. The conch represents democracy, and the civilized part of human nature; the fire represents power and destruction, and the savage part of human nature; and finally water, that represents an intermediate state. Personally, Lord of the flies is a novel I wouldn’t have understood completely if it weren’t for the classes dedicated to analyze the book and it secret meanings and messages. I would just have read it as a common book, without analyzing how society is
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