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The Lord of the Flies

Symbolism and Allegory within the text.

Jayne Holman

on 19 April 2017

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Transcript of The Lord of the Flies

Symbolism and Allegory in LOTF
What do you see...literally?
What does she represent?
What is this called?
Symbolism: use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
What is the story about?
What does this fable represent on a broader scale?
Allegory: An allegory is a story with (count 'em) two levels of meaning. First, there's the surface of the story. You know, the characters and plot and all that obvious stuff. Then there's the symbolic level, or the deeper meaning that all the jazz on the surface represents. So basically it's all of the symbols in a story added up together to reveal the hidden story underneath the surface level of the plot.
One day, Everyman is summoned by Death to give an accounting of his life. Everyman ask his friends Fellowship, Beauty, Strength, and Good Deeds to go with him to tell Death that he has led a good life. Only Good Deeds stays with him to the end. —summary of “Everyman”
Who does the character everyman stand for?
What comment about fellowship, beauty, and strength does this allegory make?
every person in the world
Fellowship, beauty, and strength are fleeting; only good deeds will stay with you until the end.
What is this called?
You will be working in your LOTF groups and looking at Aesop's fables to determine allegory and some pictures to determine what they symbolize. :)
And the difference is?
Allegories are relationships in actual plot over time that represent some idea. Kind of like an extended metaphor. The novel or story as a whole is an allegory. Symbolism is a representation of an idea embedded in a single entity, like the conch representing societal law and order.
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