Symbolism In Lord Of The Flies

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Using Symbolism through Characters in Lord of the Flies
Lord of the flies is an ingenious work of literature in which the author- William Golding explores the issues of civilization and savagery. About literary technique, he mainly uses symbolism as a special way to convey his messages. In the other words, symbolism plays a key role in story development. Through out the story, we can find out many important objects containing the symbolic meaning such as the title, the beast, the conch shell, the fire, the island and so on. Especially impressive is the image of the boys of a school who have accidence in the sea and get lost in an island. They do not respect for each other and have a struggle to become the leader. In this struggle, they begin to lose signs of what is good and what is evil. They soon reveal the particular aspects of human nature.
In the group of boys, we can see some main guys, each guy carries a characteristic of human: Jack, Ralph and Piggy. At the beginning, when their plane shot down over a deserted tropical island, Ralph is elected as a leader of boys marooned. As a leader, Ralph attempts to coordinate the boys’ efforts to build a miniature civilization on the island until they can be rescued. This
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William describes Piggy is a fat boy with poor eyesight but he is very intellectual. It can be said that Piggy is the voice of reason. He works as the right arm of Ralph, always stands behind Ralph and have a belief in creating a civilized community on the island. Despite of being intelligent, he can not become a leader because he lacks of leadership qualities. Piggy's greatest asset is also his weakest point; the only way he could relate to the other boys is at an intellectual level, whereas the other boys could only relate on an emotional level. Ironically, in spite of his intelligence and logic, rational thought, from the beginning of the novel, Piggy is a social outcast. Danni

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