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Lord Of The Flies Theme & Symbol

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Lord of the Flies Symbol and Theme
"What I mean is... Maybe it's only us."... Simon became inarticulate in his efforts to express mankind's essential illness” (Page 89). In this quote from the Lord of the Flies the beast is used as a symbol to represent the inner savagery that exists within us. Symbol is something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance. William Golding uses symbols to support the theme of Lord of the Flies which is civilization vs. savagery. This theme is present in many parts of the book but it is specifically developed using the following three symbols: the beast, the conch shell and, ...view middle of the document...

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--” Piggy describes the value of the conch and how it represented power. The conch resembled civilization and a sense of order. Yet again the power of the conch is shown when Ralph holds it up to his lips but does not need to blow it for the boys to understand. “Ralph took the conch from where it lay on the polished seat and held it to his lips; but then he hesitated and did not blow. He held the shell up instead and showed it to them and they understood” (Page 99). These quotes shows how powerful the conch is and how if the boys even see it they respond to its power and authority. The conch’s power relates to the civilization half of the theme. It was a good thing but the savagery of the boys eventually took over and the conch was destroyed at Piggy’s death along with any sense of order the boys had left.
The final example of symbol was Simon. Simon was one of few characters that remained civilized the entire book. He represented a good innocent person that was killed for no reason. I believe he symbolized Jesus. I found this connection during the scene when Simon wakes up after his conversation with the lord of the flies and is going to tell the others what he had heard....

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