Lord of The Flies

Lord of The Flies
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  • The conch shell symbolizes leadership and civilization among the boys. At first the boys respect the order of the shell, however, as time passes, boys gradually start disobeying the conch and become uncivilized savages. In the end, when the conch gets smashed it no longer symbolizes civilization, but the no return and destruction of law and order.
  • "... I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking." (Ch. 2 pg. 33)
  • The scar created by the plane crash symbolizes the first imperfection of the island's serenity. The island has a bountiful supply of fruit and a natural beauty unharmed by man. The scar is created by the plane, a man made product and is the first representative that man destroys the peaceful paradise just by entering it. The savagery of man creates the first, and lasting, blemish on the safe haven.
  • Piggy's glasses symbolizes the only intelligence and innovation left on the island. The glasses have two meanings both realistically and allegorical. Realistically Piggy uses the specs to see his surroundings, but the boys on the island use them to make and innovate fire. When Piggy specs are stolen by Jack he is innately useless, symbolizing how innovation and intelligence is lost to the savagery of the boys.
  • "Jack pointed suddenly "His specs-use them as burning glasses!" Piggy was surrounded before he could back away." (Ch. 10 pg. 159-161)
  • The fire symbolizes hope for getting off the island by rescue and security for it is shares the hearth of home. Ralph seems to be obsessed with keeping the fire alive for a smoke signal. True, he does want to use the smoke for a signal, but in chapter ten it was revealed that the fire was also a comfort.
  • "Certainly one was to send up a beckoning column of smoke; but the other was to be a hearth now and a comfort until they slept." (Ch. 10 pg. 162)
  • “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . 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 the way they are?" (Ch. 8 pg. 143)
  • The Lord of the Flies symbolizes a natural evil instinct in human beings that is hidden behind civilization. Even though the boys were brought up into a civilized society, they devolve into savages and go against everything they have learned from such a young age without remorse. The boys hold an natural evil that nobody can rid themselves of.
  • “Beyond the falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea” (Ch. 1 Pg. 29)
  • Like most children, the boys create an image of a vicious beast with sharp teeth and the potential to kill. The image of the beast was conjured in order to give the boy's fear a more tangible feeling. The beast symbolizes the boy's fear of the unknown.
  • "I know there isn't no beast-not with the claws and all that, I mean- but I know there isn't no fear either." (Ch. 5 Pg. 99)
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