Symbols In Lord Of The Flies

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In William Golding’s novel, “The Lord of the Flies” starts out as a group of young boys get stranded on an island with no adults. They are forced to build their own set of rules and society. Golding portrays many unique conditions and situations that symbolize ideas or concepts. At first, this seems like a paradise, a dream come true but it soon leads to conflict. Such symbols as Simon and holiness, fire and power, to beasts and darkness, to pigs and craziness are all what help Golding put the novel together. Ralph has become chief and Simon is a loyal follower. He rarely speaks but when he does, his words are prophetic and wise for his size, which makes the others uncomfortable in some cases. Simond also gives the boys hope, when Ralph is …show more content…
This is where the boys become savages chanting and becoming obsessed with hunting and killing. Jack and his group of hunters craze over this particular pig. they then capture and kill this prized pig and offer the head to the beast. Lust, fear, and hate are shown in the human heart with this brutal act of murder. They place the pig’s head on a sharpened stick in a clearing in the forest. Simon walks towards the offering, representing the evil that is seen in the Lord of the Flies which says to him, “I'm warning you. I'm going to get angry. D'you see? You're not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don't try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else” (Golding 143). This not only represents Simon losing his mind but the good and the evil mixing, the Lord of the Flies words ultimately foreshadows Simon’s death. Shortly after the boys get stranded on the island, “a gift from the adult world,” which is actually a dead paratrooper that lands on the top of the mountain due to the current war that has been going on in the civilized world and the mini war going on with in the boys. On one of the boys’ trips up the mountain late into the night Simon, Jack, and Ralph mistake this as the beast. The boys are too fearful to take a better look at the beast so they run away from this nonliving object in order to save their lives. The beast is not an actual beast but it did hurt them. The beast is simply the fear in their minds and the evil within

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