The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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The Lord of the Flies Essay The Lord of the Flies written by William Golding and published on September 17, 1954 is a story told about a group of stranded boys and their fight for survival against the wilderness and themselves. In this story many signs of symbolism are used by Golding to point out certain aspects of society that Golding thought strongly of. This story on first read may just seem to be a survival- esque piece of literature but, on a deeper look one can find Golding’s true motive within this story. Set in around the 1950s during the great atomic war a plane is sent crashing into an island with a cargo of fleeing schoolchildren from England. The island is the setting for the story. The first character seen is Ralph who is the main character of the story. He finds the first symbol of the story-Piggy. Shortly after Ralph uses the Conch to signal the rest of the stranded children to come to him and Piggy. So far two major symbols are present the conch and Piggy. Both symbolize the hold of order and peace throughout the story. As the boys come along two other major symbols become present. Simon who is the Christ like figure or the goodness in society and the opposite Jack who is the embodiment of the savagery and evil in humans. After everyone is gathered they select Ralph as their leader and chief. Almost immediately Ralph decides upon setting up a democracy system where everyone has a say as long as they held the conch. With this action the Conch is shown as an…
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