The Use of Symbolism in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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The Use of Symbolism in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A symbol is something concrete that represents another thing or idea. In Lord Of The Flies a lot of things we encounter are given symbolic meaning by the way the author William Golding uses them.

The book it’s self is named after a symbol, the words “Lord Of The Flies” translated means “Beelzebub” which is another word for “the devil” the book was named after the devil because evil has a large influence on the book and it’s characters. Evil takes dominance in the book over the power of good and causes death suffering and prevents the establishment of civilisation by the means of chaos and anarchy.

From the second that William
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The lightening sets the atmosphere to suggest terror, chaos and fear, in the present and future. After Simon is killed and the “beast” drifts away from the island the weather changes and becomes the aftermath of the past “Towards midnight the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars.” The weather conditions changed after Simon’s death to signify the chaos was over and the threat namely the “beast” was no more.

As extensive research I investigated Golding’s deeper meanings of names. Although it is not explained in the book, Golding uses symbolism through the characters’ names to explain their actions and personalities. Golding chose the names from the languages of Hebrew – Jack and Simon, Germanic - Roger and Anglo-Saxon – Ralph. In these languages the characters’ names mean.

· Jack – “One who supplants” which explains the actions of Jack supplying people with meat.

· Simon – “The listener” which explains the actions of Simon listening carefully to the group and the Lord Of The Flies.

· Roger – “Spear” which suggests he is extremely violent and a tool of evil or death.

· Ralph – “Counsel” this explains his suggestions and natural gift of leadership.

Golding chose these names as they
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