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Lord of the Flies: An Allegory

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Andy Schoenborn

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies: An Allegory

Lord of the Flies
Allegory:
the expression by means of symbolic
fictional figures and actions of truths
or generalizations about human existence.

Allegorical Relationships
"WHICH IS BETTER - TO HAVE LAWS AND AGREE, OR TO HUNT AND KILL?"
Ralph embodies good intentions
in the implementation of reason.
Piggy represents an adult figure
and the rational world.
"Supposing we go, looking like we used to, washed and hair brushed -- after all we aren't savages really."
The conch symbolizes democracy and, like Ralph, civility and order within the group.
"We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us—."
Jack epitomizes the worst aspects of human nature when unrepressed or untempered by society.
"Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren't any beasts to be afraid of on this island....Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!"
Roger represents the person who enjoys hurting others, and is only restrained by the rules of society.
"Roger advanced... as one wielding a nameless authority."
Simon is a character who represents peace and tranquility and positivity, with some references to Jesus Christ.
"Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us."
The Beast is first mentioned by a littlun and the notion is immediately dismissed by Ralph. Simon is the first child on the island to realize that the Beast is created by the boys' imagination.
"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 what they are?"
Ba‘al Zbûb is variously understood to mean "lord of flies".
"He is said to be associated with diseases, especially diseases associated with flies swarming around corpses. He is also believed to use pride to tempt people for his evil purposes."
Dr. Seuss' - The Sneetches
Allegory warning about prejudice.
Symbolism:
The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to ojbects, events, or relationships.
Symbolic representations
The Island
It represents a Garden of Eden, then after the boys arrive, it represents the corrupt nature of mankind.
The Scar
Represents the encroachment of destruction and corruption on the formerly peaceful and undisturbed tropical island.
The Fire
Represents hope and salvation; rescue.
Piggy's glasses
Represents wisdom and knowledge.
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