Lord of the Flies Themes, Symbols, and Motifs

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Lord of the Flies Theme


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Activity Overview

Valuable aspects of any literary work are its themes, symbols, and motifs. However, abstract ideas are often difficult for students to anatomize without assistance. Using a storyboard, students can visually demonstrate their understanding of these concepts, and master analysis of literary elements. For best practices, see our article with specific lesson plan steps on setting up your classroom and activities to teach themes, symbols, and motifs.

In the classroom, students can track themes about civilization and morality.

Themes to Look For & Discuss

Order vs. Chaos

A common theme throughout Lord of the Flies is the fight of Order against Chaos. From the beginning, Ralph and Piggy attempt to create order, rules, and duties. However, Jack the leader of the hunters, becomes overcome by the savageness of his duties. The other boys on the island are divided. The more Ralph tries to restore order, the more fowl and ruthless Jack becomes. Fires devastate the island, boys are murdered, and eventually the chaos turns on Ralph as he becomes the hunted.

Loss of innocence

Prior to being stranded on the island, the boys attended a prestigious school, and were being evacuated due to the chaos of a nuclear war. Only being children, their lives were full of innocence. However, when they land on the island free from laws, rules, and adults, they must struggle for survival, and against each other.

Symbols and Motifs

The Conch

This large seashell represents the only real order that the boys have in their camps. When Piggy and Ralph first find the shell, it is used to call the other boys and establish rules for government. As the novel progresses, the conch loses power as chaos and instability take over. When the boulder is rolled onto Piggy (killing him), it also destroys the conch.

The Monster

The monster on the island was imagined by the sacred younger boys. It is their belief in the idea that gives power to it and turns it into a reality. Although there is no monster, it becomes apparent they should worry about the monsters within each of them.

The "Lord of the Flies"

The hunting party lead by Jack returns with a kill, a wild boar. The group comes up with the idea to leave the severed pigs head on a stake in the woods as a gift to the island gods. As it begins to rot, it becomes infested with flies. A young boy named Simon stumbles upon it in the woods and believes he has a conversation with it. It becomes the manifestation of the island monster, and symbolizes evil. In their conversation, the head tells Simon it intends on having fun with him and that all evil lies within us.

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Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Lord of the Flies. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from Lord of the Flies you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for the example(s) that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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