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Lord of the Flies Symbolism
Transcript of Lord of the Flies Symbolism
The Conch Shell
The conch represents authority and leadership on the island.
"'I got the conch! He shouted. 'I tell you, I got the conch!' Surprisingly, there was silence now." "...the white, magic shell." (Golding 180)
Piggy's specs represent knowledege and insight. They were key to the boys survivial, literally and figuratively by making fire and by Piggy's intelligence.
Piggy's Specs Quote
"Piggy put on his glasses. 'Nobody knows where we are,' said Piggy." (Golding 34)
The island represents a society without rules. A society run by childish instinct.
"The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood up on his head and grinned...'No grownups!'" (Golding 8)
The scar represents humans natual destructive nature and the inability to leave things the way they are.
"All around him the long scar smashed into the jungle...He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks..." (Golding 1)
The beast represents the evil within. The boys don't understand this which is why they try to hunt and kill it.
The Beast Quote
"'Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!..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?'" (Golding 143)
Lord of the Flies
The lord of the flies represents the evil within the boys. He is their beast.
"'What are you doing out here all alone? Aren't you afraid of me?...There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast." (Golding 143)
The Signal Fire
The signal fire represents salvation and rescue from this island that has helped the boys find their innate inner evil.
The Signal Fire Quote
"'The fire's the most important thing. Without the fire we can't be rescued. I'd like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning. The fire's the most important thing on the island'...'Oh yes. Without the fire we can't be rescued.'" (Golding 142)