Lord of the Flies Symbols

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Lord of the Flies Symbol is a thing that represents or stands for something. It could also be a mark or character used as a common representation of an object, function, or process. In the lifetime that anyone has lived so far, there is at least one symbol that is of importance in your life. Everyone has something that symbolizes them or some part of their life. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, shows a lot of mental/physical symbols and their importance. Some of the symbols that Golding shows and introduces in the novel are the conch, the beast, and Piggy’s glasses. One of the symbols that Golding showed in the novel was the conch. The conch was something that Ralph, a 12 year old boy, and Piggy, Ralph’s “lieutenant”(helper), had discovered and it was used to gather the group of kids that got stuck on the island along with them. In the group of kids, whoever had the conch, was the person who the the right to speak, meaning that the person was the leader of the group. Although later in the novel, the conch was no longer of use because of the savagery that came out of the kids made their ways of thinking different, which led them to become violent and out of control. Similar to an anarchy because if there is no control, then everything is chaotic. Soon after the boys have become savagery, the conch was crushed along with Piggy by a boulder that Roger, Jack the new leader’s “lieutenant”, pushes and so the conch shell is now of no use. The conch shell was a powerful symbol of civilization and order, like the government. Another symbol that the novel shows is the beast. The beast was an imaginary beast that the kids created from their fear that grew as they kept staying on the island. As time went by on the island, the kids become more savagery which made their belief of the beast stronger. The behavior of the kids made the beast seen more…...

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