lord of the flies symbols

lord of the flies symbols

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  • Conch Shell
  • "S'right. Its a shell! I seen one like that before. On someones back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mom would come. Its ever so valuable." (Golding, 15) 
  • The Fire
  • "The leaves were roaring like the sea." "Ralph, wake up!" "Whats the matter?" "We saw--" "--the beast--" (Golding, 78)
  • The Glasses
  • "His specs use them as burning glasses!" (Golding, 40)
  • The conch shell represents the levels of their community. Its power gives the boys and equal power in speaking and sharing ideas. You realize the civilization is slipping away when the conch shell loses its power and right for the boys too speak.
  • The Beast
  • The fire represents hope, and something for the boys to believe in. More specifically the thought of being rescued. And aswell as hope it could also be symbol for the boys destruction of their humanity. Just like how man destroys our natural world the younger boys are destroying the island.
  • Jack
  • "I'm not going to play any longer. Not with you." (Golding,75)
  • The glasses represent the advancement and discovery of the boys. I believe it represents the civilization since piggy is very useless without wearing them. When Ralph breaks them it represents the humanity disappearing and being replaced with savagery.
  • The Face Paint
  •  "We'll said than and take five. There must be four of you; Robert and Maurice. We'll put on paint and sneak!" (Golding, 136)
  • The beast represents fear. The beast is in everyone so fear is in them too. But not only does the beast represent fear it also represents savagery in the kids. The boys create the beast so that they have some sort of enemy to believe besides themselves.
  • "There isnt anyone to help you. Only me. And im the beast... Fancy thinking the beast is someone you can hunt and kill! You knew didnt you? Im part of you?" (Golding 161)
  • Jack insists on being the leader of the boys, he desperately wants to kill and hunt. As he begins to grow higher in power the boys start to become more and more savage.
  • The face paint represents the ability of the boys hiding their identity.  We think that the face paint gives the boys stability since some know what they're doing, (Killing) is wrong. So hiding their identity gives them stability.
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