What Are The Metaphors In Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, includes many metaphors, often incredibly dark ones, in his writing. In Lord of the Flies he has some very important metaphors about human nature. He shows this very strongly with many characters. Specifically, Jack, Piggy, and Simon; the human representations of savagery, reason, and human goodness. The book is named because of a pig that gets killed and gets its head put on a stick. The pig head attracts flies, hence the name, Lord of the Flies. Throughout the book there are many symbols but, I believe the pig to be the strongest symbol that truly shows the depths of human nature through the traits of many characters in the book according to their personal relationship to the pig. The pig shows, in more ways than one, how there is a beast inside of all of us, it just takes longer for some to let it out.…show more content…
Towards the end of the book Jack gets an uncontrollable state of control and savagery. “Viciously, with full intention, he hurled his spear at Ralph”. (Golding 181). He is the Cheif at this point and feels no need to play nice any further. He goes to extreme lengths to ensure his power; in a way I would even say that he is the beast. In an earlier part of the book the “Lord of The Flies” states,” Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!... you knew, didn't you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?”.(143) the pig explains exactly what the beast is. It is the beast in all of us, and Jack is a shining example of someone who has let their beast come
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