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Symbolism and Imagery in Lord of the Flies

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by Pranay Lalloobhai on 19 March 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism and Imagery in Lord of the Flies

The Beast and the Lord of the Flies Questions Symbolism Symbolism Imagery The Product Quote 7 The hunters' thoughts were crowded with memories […] of the knowledge […] that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink. (4.121)Yet there is more here than a simple survivalist instinct to kill for food. The boys are commingling their base, animal tendencies with the more evolved, human need to have power over others. Symbolism
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Imagery “there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road. A kind of glamor was spread over them and the scene and they were conscious of the glamor and made happy by it.” Quote 4 " 'Piggy drew up his legs.
‘You alright, Piggy?’
‘I thought they wanted the conch.’
[…]
‘They didn’t take the conch.’
‘I know. They didn’t come for the conch. They came for something else. Ralph – what am I going to do?’
Far off along the bow stave of the beach, three figures trotted toward the castle rock […]. The chief led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses.” Piggy's Glasses "...It was furry. There was something moving behind its head-wings. The beast moved too-" (100)
"The life-like movement...blue material of the parachute collapsed the corpulent figure would bow forward, sighing, and the flies settle once more" (146) The Parachutist "They boys posed this “rule of the conch” on themselves, and thus the conch is society’s rules, politics, and speech" Quote 4 …The ground was hardened by an accustomed tread and as Jack rose to his full height he heard something moving on it. He swung back his right arm and hurled the spear with all his strength. (3.5) Quote #1 " Up there, for once, were clouds, great bulging towers that spouted away over the island, grey and cream and copper-colored. The clouds were sitting on the land; they squeezed, produced moment by moment this tormenting heat […] everywhere a pearly stillness, so that what was real seemed elusive and without definition..." (141) Quote # 2 " In front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned. At last Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood – and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition." (141) Quote # 5 Pranay L.
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Riley K. Resources Questions So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire." "A fire! Make a fire!"- This quote is showing how they all agree that the fire is important to their survival. Fire is used in several ways in Lord of the Flies. From the very beginning of the novel, Ralph is determined to keep a signal fire going, in case a ship passes near to the island. That’s fine until the first signal fire the boys light begins burning out of control, and at least one boy is missing . The fire becomes a symbol of both hope of rescue and of destruction. What type of picture is this quote painting for the reader? What is scene is this quote describing? Does Imagery help the reader understand a scene or situation better? Why or why not? Fire The Conch symbolizes civilization, more specifically, rules and structure. The conch is a big part of the boys choosing to vote for a chief, and it also allows anyone to speak when they hold it. This quote is a scene about the basic idea of bloodlust, mass hysteria. “now six feet across” as it lies “grinning at the sky.” “I’m the beast.” beast begins as a product of the boys imaginations Then the Beast becomes a bigger role in the boys mind and represents fear for the boys. Evan though the beast is a physical man, Simon describes the beast as " the beast being the darkness that is inside each and every one of us." Before we give an analysis, we want you to give us ONE word answers that you think the describes the scene in the quote 1.) Can the meaning behind fire relate to the symbol of the beast? If so what is it?
2.) How does fear play a major role in The Lord of the Flies? What symbols or quotes represents fear?
3.) How does the imagery of wounds impact the effect of the book?
4.) In what way is the novel an allegory of the Garden of Eden? What message is Golding trying to portray? The “great bulging towers” in the sky and the “pearly stillness” everywhere sounds like Heaven. And then there’s the “tormenting heat,” and the fact that “Lord of the Flies” is another name for Beelzebub, and that sounds like Hell. In what way is the Lord of the Flies a novel about the power of symbolism and imagery?
How does Golding portray the loss of innocence through the use of these elements? Quote # 3 Simon is able to see things and have insights that the other boys are not capable of. In this case, he sees fear, violence, death – in other words, himself, and all other human beings – captured in the grinning face of the pig. How does fear play a major role in the book and how does this effect the characters as the story progresses? The Role of the Beast “There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn't you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” These words confirm Simon’s speculation in Chapter 5 that perhaps the beast is only the boys themselves.
This idea of the evil on the island being within the boys is central to the novel’s exploration of innate human savagery. The Lord of The Flies taunts Simon with the same familiar language the boys use themselves.
The evil and savagery within them boils to the surface, as they mistake him for the beast itself, set upon him, and kill him. Piggy’s glasses have become the most powerful item on the island. It is interesting that Piggy initially thinks of the conch; to him, order and law are more valuable than anything else. During the battle, a parachutist drifts down from the sky onto the island, dead. His chute becomes tangled in some rocks and flaps in the wind, while his shape casts fearful shadows on the ground. His head seems to rise and fall as the wind blows. When Sam and Eric wake up, they tend to the fire to make the flames brighter. In the flickering firelight, they see the twisted form of the dead parachutist and mistake the shadowy image for the figure of the dreaded beast. What, if anything, might the dead parachutist symbolize? Does he symbolize something other than what the beast and the Lord of the Flies symbolize?
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