The Lord Of The Flies

1468 Words6 Pages
The Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a tropical island after their plane is shot down during a war. Though the novel is fictional, its exploration of the idea of human evil is at least partly based on Golding’s experience with the real-life violence and brutality of World War II. Free from the rules and structures of civilization and society, the boys on the island in Lord of the Flies descend into savagery. Golding’s experience in World War II had a profound effect on his view of humanity and the evils of which it was capable. Although Golding’s story is confined to the microcosm of a group of boys, it resounds with implications far beyond the bounds of the small island and explores problems…show more content…
Because the author has taken such care in incorporating this theme, it becomes apparent to us that the theme is therefore worthy of our learning. The first appearing example of symbolism portraying the struggle between good vs evil, is Piggy’s glasses. Piggy’s glasses represent order and intelligence. The state that they’re in represents the state of the social order on the island. “Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks.” This quote is referring to Piggy’s glasses breaking. This event is symbolic of the fact that evil has started to gain the upper hand and is getting closer to taking over entirely. “He took off his glasses and looked for something with which to clean them.” Piggy is constantly having to clean his glasses and this, also, is symbolic of evil beginning to overshadow good and being forced back by clear sightedness. The idea of glasses representing intelligence and intelligence being a good quality is closely bound into the perceptions of society. Because of this, this symbol is one of the more obvious ones, making it more accessible to a wider range of readers. It ensures that many people have a greater chance of understanding the theme, thereby reinforcing the importance of learning it. The next example of symbolism is the Lord of the Flies itself. “There was a blackness within, a blackness which spread.”The Lord of the Flies is symbolic of the growing presence of the both the external and internal evil within the boys on the island. We can

More about The Lord Of The Flies

Get Access