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Lord of the Flies: Allegories

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Gian Soriano

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies: Allegories

Lord of the Flies:

By: Delscher H., Gian S., Navid A., Mahmoud A., Chris L.
Moral Allegories
Psychological Allegories
- The minds desire, even if unreal
- The minds critical and moralizing role
- The part that finds the medium between the id and superego

Sole intention is to hunt:
"Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I'd like to catch a pig first." (page 53)
"You said you would keep the fire going and you let it out." (page 70)
Wants to be Chief:
"Hands up," said Jack strongly," whoever wants Ralph not to be chief" (page 4)
"I told you to get a list of names." (page 46)
"Ralph finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded." (page 32)
"Ralph held out his hands for the conch and the littluns sat down" (page 72)
What is an Allegory?
An allegory is a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation
According to: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegory
Religious Allegories in
Lord of the Flies

The island itself resembles the Garden of Eden from Genesis because :

its picturesque scenery
abundant fruit
idyllic weather
The Beastie (" the snake-thing") represent the snake in the garden that lurks (tricks) the others to not hold up their duties.
Illustrates Satan.

The bigguns were afraid to go up on the mountain and maintain the fire.
The littleluns were having nightmares
Moral Allegory
of or concerned with the principles of right and wrong conduct.
Jack hesitates to kill the pig. (morals of previous civilization) (pg.29)

he slowly loses his morals

prioritizing hunting before everything else

carelessness for rules (disobedience)

Constant bullying towards Piggy

no longer cares about civilized thoughts and practices (by joking about killing the littuns)
Piggy cares the most about everybodies well being (pg. 46)

Cares enough to know names

Loyal to Ralph

Obedient to the rules

His actions and thoughts are a reflection of his family (auntie)
The parachutist and piggy represent the fall of mankind.
With the death of Piggy, came the last trace of civilization, knowledge, reason, and order.
Fall of mankind
Jack and Ralph represent the biblical story of Cain & Abel.

Cain & Abel
Simon is a Christ figure who sacrifices himself to save them. He is deeply spiritual, compassionate, non-violent, and in harmony with the natural world.

feeding of the 5000 thousand
40 days lent (Jesus confronts the devil)
The boys are symbolically linked to Adam and Eve before the fall. Ralph's first act after the plane crash is to remove his clothes and bathe in the water, a gesture that recalls the nudity of the innocent Adam and Eve and the act of baptism.
Adam & Eve
Social Allegory
- Ralph represents a democratic government
- He was elected by the others on the island to be their leader
- a democratic government cares for the well being of the people and that is what Ralph does (food, shelter, sanitation, maintaining order)
- Jack represents power
-He tries to rule the others by force
-He shows his power through brutal killings of pigs
- Piggy represents intellect
-His care for the others in maintaining order and obeying and enforcing rules (use of conch) makes him an intellectual kid
-Simon represents humanity and soul
-His actions throughout the book portray a Christ-like spiritual figure
Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon, a Social Allegory
- Ralph, representing government, tries to balance and control Jack (power), Piggy (knowledge and intellect) and Simon (humanity and soul)

- Ralph fails --> Jack (power) warps intellect (Piggy), destroys humanism (Simon), and attempts to overpower the government (Ralph) by savagery and disorder
leader and responsible adult figure

first priority was the signal fire

established rules and jobs

good intentions (pg. 17)

dependent at first (pg. 36)

morals are compromised
How LOTF is represented in a Psychological Allegory
the id (Jack) and superego (Piggy) are fighting for control
some battles are the Signal Fire, the Huts and the Failed Meeting
Piggy tries to keep group organized
Jack disrupting Piggy's work
ego (Ralph) tries to create democratic society where all is happy
The End
Thank you for your cooperation!
The name “Beelzebub” can be traced back to the Old Testament. In II Kings 1:2-16, the God of the Philistine city of Ekron is given the name “Baal-zebub,” meaning “Lord of Flies” in Hebrew.

This significance , along with the name’s grammatical association with
flies, probably accounts for the fact that in certain Jewish religious texts
the fly is considered an impure creature symbolic of corruption and evil.
Change in Morals
When Roger threw rocks at Henry to miss
Later on, killed Piggy with a large rock

their unstable society was doomed to fail

"What have you been doing? Having a war or something?" pg.223
the rules that Ralph and jack come up with
For example: using the conch to speak)

just like in our society, there are punishments when one doesn't do something right.
For example: Wilfred and SamnEric

however, the punishment of SamnEric represents correctional agencies (such as jails and rehab) because they were forced to change; to be part of jacks tribe
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