The Powers of the Symbols in "Lord of the Flies"

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Lord of the Flies is a novel that is all about symbols that have different powers which is used on the boys. Two of the symbols which are the conch and the sow’s head contain powers that are opposite of each other and they have a great affect on the boys. Lord of the Flies would be a different story without symbols. The conch has the powers that lead to civilization and order. It represents the authority that the boys will need to get rescued from the island. The sow’s head on the other hand represents the evil powers to lead the boys to total chaos and savagery which is created by Jack. Jack has used one of the sow’s head’s symbolism which is the beast to control his group. The conch has a power that is used for order and civilization,…show more content…
Do you. See?”(Golding. 159).

Golding shows how Simon is different compared to the rest of the boys. He showed how Simon was civilized and has never done anything savage since the boys landed on the island until Simon was killed. He has also shown how evil has beaten good when Jack’s group killed Piggy and destroyed the conch as well. “See? See? That’s what you’ll get! I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you any more! The conch is gone” (Golding. 200).

Lord of the Flies is a book about symbols that have powers. One of the symbols which was one of the most important symbols in the book, was that the conch which the boys used. The conch’s role in the book was to lead the boys to civilization to get rescued from the island. Another symbol which is the sow’s head was also one of the important symbols in the book was the opposite of the conch. It wanted the boys to stay savage, and thus making the whole island a savage place. Without symbols, Lord of the Flies would be a different story (Literary analysis: Symbolism in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding). In conclusion, Savagery has beat civilization which was very disappointing, since the conch has been destroyed; civilization has been destroyed as well. The conch symbolized civilization and order which was destroyed since savagery has killed two boys that represented civilization and destroyed the symbol that had the power of civilization.

Works Cited
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Great
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