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Symbolism in Lord of the flies

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Transcript of Symbolism in Lord of the flies

Symbol of the
adult world
that
cannot
properly
deal
with the war/ circumstances
Piggy = prescription glasses = used for seeing = metaphor for knowledge
Symbolism in lord of the flies
The Conch
Symbolic value:
Association to the characters & use
The conch = Changing Symbol
Civilization
Law & Order
Authority
Examples/Quotations
Ralph =
The Painted faces
Colours used in the novel
Piggy's glasses
The dead parachutist
Symbolic value:
Association with the characters & use
Painted faces = changing symbol
Examples/Quotations
Symbolic value :
Association to the characters/use
Glasses = changing symbol
Examples/Quotations
P.66 - "He looked in astonishment,
no longer at himself
but at an
awesome stranger
" (Golding)

- "He
began to dance
and his
laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling
" (Golding)
Symbol of Savagery
Examples/Quotations
Symbolic value :
Association to the characters/use
Jack = - his idea



- uses the paint on his face to hide they're true identity
p.110 "Conch! Conch!" shouted Jack, "we don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things .(Golding)
which is why they are on the island in the first place
Raulph = tool for starting the fire
Knowlege
Understanding
What is Symbolism?
A symbol is something concrete which represents an abstract idea.
(Shmoop editorial team)
(Shmoop editorial team)
But what does that mean?
(Shmoop editorial team)
(Lorcher)
the
breaking
of the
lens
clearly
symbolizes
the boys
losing sight
of what they
need
to do. (Lorcher)
The boys on the island =
- uses the
conch
to
call all boys
for
meetings

-
Rule of the conch
: boy who is holding the conch can speak others cannot

- Boys start to
become savage


-
Rule of the conch
is
ignored


- conch
looses
its
value of civilization


-
savagery grows
(Lorcher)
(lorcher)
- Allows Ralph to
keep order
on the island and
discuss priorities
=
civilization
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
The conch
savagery
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
The conch
Savagery
Savagery
The conch
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Piggy = - has alot of
respect
for the
conch
- uses the conch for his
right of speech

- also for
protection
The Fire
Symbolism
Quotes/examples
Characters associated
(lorcher)
(lorcher)
Samneric = discover the dead parachutist
Symbolic value :
RED:


represents
determination
and
power
Black:
represents
Death
,
evil
and
darkness
Green:
represents
peace of nature
association / use
Jack : uses colours to create hunting mask
Colours = changing symbols
the representation of the colours varies form item to item throughout the novel
-the painted faces =
first symbol
of
savagery


=
triggered
the
savagery
into jack
= becomes a
habit
of the hunters
(savagery grows)
= boys
follow
jack's idea
= allows the hunters to
kill without

showing
they're
true identity
(marie)
(marie)
(marie)
(golding)
- encourages him to kill without guilt
Boys on the island = believe he is the beast on the island
red
: - fire
- painted faces
- blood
black
: - darkness on the island

- evil

- death
Green
: - nature
(''color meaning'')
(''color meaning'')
The Beast
Symbolism
The Lord of the Flies
Offering to the beast
Evil, silent, something is off-putting
Confirms that they are the beast
Different
perspectives
The Lord of the Flies
Jack and the savages
Simon
Ralph
Symbolism of the Lord of the Flies
Characters associated
Quotations from the book
The island
Symbolism
Characters associated
Quotes of the island
The scar
Ralph's Hair
Paradoxically,Rescue & Destruction
Hope
Connection to civilization
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
"The Fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we be rescued except by luck, if we don't keep a fire going?"
-Ralph
(Golding, ch.5)
Beginning = fear of the unknown
Further on = the evil of man (no physical beast)
(shmoop)
Characters associated
Simon: First to realize that the beast was themselves
Piggy: Backs Simon up during assembly, ch. 5.
Littluns: Scared, worried, making things worse
Jack: offers pig head to the beast.
Quotes from book
"Maybe there is no beast... Maybe it's just us."
-Piggy
(Golding, ch.5)
Paradise, garden of Eden
Before the boys came
Destruction of mankind
After the boys crashed
"The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers... Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island."
(Golding, ch.3)
Symbolizes the beasts danger and power
(homework online)
Simon: During Simon's trance, tells him that the beast is actually in side the boys
Ralph: Seems evil... angry = destroys it = savagery
Jack: Offers the head to the beast.
Evil of man
"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?"
-The Lord of the Flies to Simon
(Golding, ch.8)
"[...] while the skull lay in two pieces, it's grin
now six feet across"
(Golding, 206)
"Out there, perhaps a mile away, the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue. Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake"
(Golding)
Society on a smaller scale
(Heil)
(Lorcher)
(Lorcher)
Symbolism
Short, clean hair =
Civilized
Long hair =
Uncivilized, savage
Character's associated
Ralph: in his face, wants to cut it, feels dirty and uncivilized.
(Shmoop)
(Shmoop)
(Shmoop)
Quotes from Lord of the Flies
"
"The boy with the fair hair lowered himself down [...]"
(Golding, 1)
"[...]Ralph discovered dirt and decay, understood
how much he disliked perpetually flicking the tangled
hair out his eyes..."
(Golding, Ch.5)
p.31 '' That's what this shell's called. I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking.'' (Golding)
p.40 ''His specs - use them as burning glasses!''
p.186 ''He was a Chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled piggy's glasses.''
Symbolism
"[...]symbolizes the damaging encroachment of humans in paradise"
invasion, intrusion
(Lorcher)
Characters association
Everyone: becomes a normal part of the island for the boys
Quotes
"The long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat"
(Golding, 1)
(Shmoop)
(shmoop)
(Lorcher)
(Lorcher)
Fight between mankind's good side and evil side
(Heil)
(Heil)
The civilized side
The savage side
The littluns
"His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island"
(Golding, 224)
"You got your small fire alright."
-Piggy
(Golding, 44)
Ralph
: His idea to start a fire. Enforces it
Piggy
: Enforces that they need to keep a fire. Use his specs to start fire.
Hunters
: Beggining = Keep the fire going
Later = hunting is more important = fire less important
"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you
could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you?
I’m part of you?"
-Lord of the Flies
(Golding, ch.8)
(Beard)
(Benn)
(Breakfast)
(Burns
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(Burns)
(En2kn)
(Frost)
(Graysky813)
(Wa
(Wateridge)
("Ralph")
(Sam)
Symbolism: something that has a hidden meaning... or to represent a different idea.
p.200 " The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.'' (Golding)
p.178 - '' The chief's blush was
hidden
by the white and red clay. Into his uncertain silence the tribe spilled their murmur once more. '' (Golding)
p.190 '' He'll be painted, ' said Sam, timidly. 'You know how he'll be-'' (Golding)
p.125 ''Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'' (Golding)
L.O.T.F scene
Colours = changing symbol?
the colours =
not
a
changing symbol
Represent
a different
symbolic meaning
form one thing to another
(''color meaning'')
p.103 `` There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.``
(''color meaning'')
Man becomes evil and savage when circumstances are difficult
Man is dead
Beast is alive
Simon visits the parachutist
Discovers
2 things
Simon
(Lorcher)
(marie)
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