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Lord of the Flies Symbolism Activity

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Hannah Miller

on 10 May 2017

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies Symbolism Activity

"'I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking.'"

"'Where the conch is, that's a meeting.'"

"'We can’t have everybody talking at once. Well have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school...I`11 give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.”

“'We’ll have rules!" he cried excitedly. "Lots of rules!'"
"He still says he saw the beastie. It came and went away again an' came back and wanted to eat him'"

"Right of course, there isn't a snake thing. But if there was a snake we'd hunt it and kill it"
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the flies
focus question:
What are three symbols used in the novel & what is the significance of each?
"'His specs-use them as burning glasses!"
~ Jack
“Jus’ blurs, that’s all. Hardly see my hand-.”
"I got to have them specs. Now I only got one eye."
Piggy's Glasses
Piggy's spectacles looked similar to these shown here
"Jack [draws] his knife with a flourish [and] pause[s] long enough for them to understand the enormity of the downward stroke.'"

Jack "snatche[s] his knife out of the sheath and slam[s] it into a tree trunk."

"Jack transferred the knife to his left hand and smudged blood over his forehead"

Kills the pig
The knife symbolizes the boys' infinite savagery and growing aggression
. In relation to Golding's view of human nature, the knife is a symbol of evil, intimidation, control, violence and power; all qualities of a savage society. The symbolism of the knife is demonstrated by the actions of Jack, the chief of the savages. As Jack and the others begin to accept the dominating savagery, the knife is used as a weapon to show an endless source of power, control and intimidation.
what is symbolism?
So What?
A symbol is person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself AND something beyond itself. William Golding uses symbols to convey his overall ideas about human nature.
The Beast
The Beast
"I wonder how far off you can see that."

"There's only one thing we can do to get out of this mess."

"We can help them find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire."
~ Ralph
Simon Symbolizes the good in mankind.
Throughout the entire book, us readers got a sense that he would be the caring boy. By the way that he helped the little-uns and was able to understand and pick out the details that the other boys were not paying attention to really shows that Simon is different.
The beast represents the fear and doubt in all of us.
The beast is a product of the boys imagination, and it drives them toward their savage impulses on the island. Later in the book. the "beastie" is used to help the boys justify their uncivilized behavior.
The beast can also represent the potential for evil within in us...the idea that the boys are the most dangerous things on the island
So What?
Piggy's glasses were used as a symbol of knowledge, reason, and logic.
Without them, the boys would have never been able to have a fire, not only as a signal, but as a source of light at night and a place to be able to gather around. Without his glasses, Piggy became useless to the boys, as did reason and logic. The boys lost sight of civilization and working towards rescue.
The Signal Fire
Boys being rescued by Navy Officers
"What I mean is...maybe it's only us."

"Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight Simon found the fruit that could not reach and passed them back down to endless outstretched hands."

" I think we ought to climb the mountain," said Simon showing no fear of the beast.

Simon and the Lord of the Flies
Simon represents the spirituality of the group.
Simon is often described as the "Christ figure" of the book, as he posses wisdom that the boys need to listen to in order to succeed. However, the boys often ridicule and laugh at Simon, and choose to ignore him. They kill Simon without really realizing what they have done. Simon is the wisest and most compassionate of the group.
So what?
Jack's Knife
So what?
The conch symbolizes democracy, law, and order.
It brings peace to the group of boys. It is the only item on the island that can unite them and keep them civilized. It was also the thing that persuaded most of the boys to choose Ralph as their leader. Ralph uses the conch to share his power with the rest of the boys.
So what?
The Signal Fire
The signal fire was a symbol of hope and rescue.
It was a possibility to be rescued, because it was a medium to communicate with the outside world. It represents at the
same time the origin of mankind.
The fire is even a tool to prepare food, and gives
protection and comfort at night
. At first, the boys saw the fire as a tool to become rescued: hope to get back to society, but later the fire became purely a tool for survival. The more the boys forgot about the signal fire, the more they lost their ties back to the civilized world.
So What?
The Conch
Your Turn
Find examples for each of the symbols in the book thus far. Then, determine what each of the symbols might stand for beyond themselves.
What about the characters?
The characters also function as symbols in the Lord of the Flies. Complete the graphic organizer to determine the symbolism of the main characters.
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