Lord of the Flies by William Golding Essay

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Symbolism is using words, places, people, and objects for a meaning that is deeper than its literal meaning. In the novel, “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding uses so much symbolism that the novel could arguably be viewed as an allegory, or a writing with a double meaning. While not all of the symbols are very obvious, the novels title for example, a few of them are, for example, the conch shell, the fire and the parachutist are all very prominent symbols used by Golding. In “Lord of the Flies” there are so many different examples of symbolism that could make the reader believe that the novel actually contains two totally different stories, the literal story, and the symbolic story. Before the reader even opens the book they are …show more content…
(Epstein, 108.) Out of all of the symbolism tht William Golding presents his audience with, one of the obviously more prominant symbols in "Lord of the Flies" is the conch shell. In the very begining of the novel, Ralph and Piggy discover the conch in the lagoon; “S’right. It’s a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone’s back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum would come. It’s ever so valuable—” (Golding, 15.) All throughout the entire mnovel the conch was the universal signal for order and a sense of civilization. The conch governed meetings, kept the peace, and helped in creating a civilization. In order to talk at a meeting, the boy who wishes to speak has to be holding the conch, otherwise, they were not permitted to speak. Golding makes it a point to decribe the shell's color in great detail, the brighter the coloring on the shell, the stronger their civilaztion is, and the more control Ralph had, but as the civilzation begins to unbind at the seams, the shell begind to lose its color, and raplh begins to lose his authority over the boys and when ralph loses all of his authoritythe shell is decribed as white in color, just before it is destroyed. "In color the shell was deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink." (Golding, 16.) "...the conch

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