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Lord of the Flies - Allegory
Transcript of Lord of the Flies - Allegory
Author: William Golding
Genre: with adventure in a fiction novel.
1983 Nobel Prize in literature.
Coveted Booker Prize in 1980.
Smaller awards in many countries.
Simon symbolizes Christ due to his good nature, kindness towards others, and connection to the wild.
The Lord of the Flies declares, “This has gone quite far enough. My poor, misguided child, do you think you know better than I do?” (Golding 143).
"You knew didn't you? I'm part of you?" (Golding 143)
"Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was the scent of ripeness and the booming of a million bees at pasture" (Golding 56)
The beast symbolizes the Devil and represents the cruel, animalistic instincts all humans harbor.
The island symbolizes the Garden Of Eden. It is a place where there is an abundance of fruit and great weather. The boys also resemble Adam and Eve in their nudity. It also has a relationship because Adam and Eve cause destruction and so do the boy when they light the island on fire.
Jack symbolizes the Id personality type, for he is impulsive, always wants something instantly, and does not think of the consequences for his actions.
The conch symbolizes pulling the democracy together. When blown, everyone is united in an assembly. Whoever holds the conch, can share their thoughts with the group.
The tribal face paint symbolizes unifying a nation and putting on a mask in order to intimidate the enemy. For example, the Soviet Union's uniforms symbolizes extreme power.
Jack beating up people, such as Sam, Eric, and Wilfred, without the right can symbolize the power of the Soviet Union, for they attack innocent people to gain authority.
Ralph symbolizes the ego personality type, for he prefers to think through issues and compromise.
"Jack glanced back at Ralph and then at the twins. 'Grab them!'" (Golding 178). Sam and Eric did nothing wrong, yet they were tied up and beaten for no apparent reason.
"We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us-" (Golding 14). The conch shows authority over the others, because when blown everyone has to report to the assembly, and whoever has the shell gets to speak.
Eric states, "But they'll be painted! You know how it is" (Golding 172). Eric shows that he is intimidated by the tribal paint, when really it isn't that big of a deal.
Piggy symbolizes the superego personality type, for he follows the law of civilization and uses his morals and logic to solve problems.
Ralph reveals, “We want to have fun. And we want to be rescued” (37).
Jack announces, “Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong-we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down!” (Golding 91).
Piggy states, “But I don’t ask for my glasses back, not as a favor. I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say, not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right” (Golding 171).
Lord of the Flies
An allegory is something that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral, social, religious, or political meaning.
Allegory: Slow and steady wins the race.