A Seperate Peace V.S. Lord Of The Flies: Symbolism

878 words - 4 pages

A Separate Peace and Lord of the Flies have many similarities. Both books have very apparent examples of symbolism. Symbolism in literature is using characters or objects in the story to represent an idea or a religious or historical figure.A prime example of symbolism in Lord of the Flies is the representations of Jack and Simon. Jack is the leader of the island's hunters. His leadership technique is to intimidate, frighten, or even threaten those that he leads. From a historical standpoint, Jack's governing style could be compared to Stalinist totalitarianism or even Nazi fascism. If Lord of the Flies were a religious allegory, Jack would, undoubtedly, represent Satan. This is evident by the way he encourages others to be bad. Jack has very few useful qualities, among these is bravery. However, his bad traits and his lust for blood obscure his bravery. Ralph's efforts to get Jack to follow the rules are useless. Jack frequently has tantrums and acts savagely. "Bollocks to the rules! We're strong-we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close it and beat and beat and beat and beat"¦!" Simon is the exact opposite of Jack. Simon represents goodness and pureness. Simon is a "Christ Figure" in Lord of the Flies. He goes off into the jungle frequently for solitude and meditation. Jesus did the same thing when he wandered the desert for forty days. Simon shows no fear like the other boys. Simon seems above the other boys; he is mystical and spiritual. Just like Jesus delivered the lord's message, Simon tries to deliver the Lord of the Flies'message from the "beast" to the boys of the island. This is symbolic of how Jesus delivers God's message to mankind. Also just like Christ, Simon is killed by his fellow man before he can deliver the Lord of the Flies' message. In this passage Simon is followed by the "littluns" much like Christ was followed. Instead of feeding bread and fish, Simon gives fruit. ""¦Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them down to the endless outstretched hands." In A Separate Peace, Phineas represents a person who turns away from codes and rules. Devon School is a place made up of rules, and Finny makes light of all of this. He even makes light of some very serious life rules, such as suicide, by forming a suicide club. The narrator, Gene, on the other hand is not rebellious, and as an...

Find Another Essay On A Seperate Peace V.S. Lord Of The Flies: Symbolism

Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

2584 words - 10 pages Symbolism in Lord of the FliesIn Lord of the Flies, William Golding wanted to show his readers the true meaning of a real world. He wanted to show that reality is not always perfect. Instead of comradeship, co-operation and teamwork, like described in the ideal world - William Golding has created a murderous, bloodthirsty and evil society that has accurately represented the world that society exists in today. In an ideal world, hard-work plays

Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

1654 words - 7 pages Symbolism in Lord of The Flies William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of English school boys who are stranded on a tropical island after their plane has been attacked and crashes during World War II. In the beginning, the boys like being on their own without adults. The boys separate into two groups, led by Jack and Ralph. Jack is obsessed with hunting, and he and his group pay do not pay attention. Ralph is concerned

Symbolism in "Lord of the Flies"

1107 words - 4 pages Symbolism in Lord of the Flies(Re-write)In Lord of the Flies by William Golding a group of young British boys are stranded on an uninhabited island after their plane crashes. At first a paradise, the island eventually becomes a seemingly inescapable hell for some of the newcomers. There are various symbolic items present on the island for the majority of the boys' stay, and by examining these symbols we can trace their decline of

Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

984 words - 4 pages Symbolism in Lord of The Flies, by William GoldingSchizophrenics. According to William Golding all humans are, to some degree, schizophrenic. This is the image he tries to present in his bleak novel, Lord of The Flies, in an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. In order to complete this task, he uses fire to symbolize the id, and superego in humans.Fire, in this thought-provoking novel, represents hope and

Lord of the Flies: Symbolism Analysis

1405 words - 6 pages against it. Although this is just a story, it outlines a lot of what is in society today. Leaders are corrupt or too distanced to know what our lives are like to lead properly. A leader who is in the same situation as Ralph has great potential in becoming a great leader. From age to age, symbols in literary work tell us more about who we are, and answer some of the what if’s in life. Works Cited Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York; Penguin Group,2006. Print.

Savagery of Man: A Comparison of Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace

841 words - 4 pages There is evidence in both Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace that display the savagery of man. In Lord of the Flies there is savagery found when the choir boys and most of the bigguns separate from Ralph’s authority and form their own tribe. In A Separate Peace, savagery is found in unnamed characters during Leper’s war experience - he feels such a need to escape from evil and savagery in the war that he takes the risk and actually does. In

Analysis of John Knowle's A Separate Peace, and William Golding's The Lord of the Flies

2041 words - 8 pages of the Flies. Golding’s novel focuses on a group of innocent boys that crash on a deserted island, causing them to fall into conflict and chaos. Golding’s pessimism regarding human nature derives from his experience in the Navy during World War II, where he served on mine sweepers, destroyers, and cruisers. Ultimately, both Knowles’ A Separate Peace and Golding’s Lord of the Flies display the themes of inherent human savagery and loss of

The Dollepganger in Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace

957 words - 4 pages evil side. Ralph and Jack are two major character in Lord of the Flies; likewise, Gene and Finny are main characters of A Separate Peace. Both sets of main characters are friends at some point; however, Jack and Gene are both the doppelganger to their friend within these two novels. The authors use their relationships to show differences in each other and how they influence one another- the bad more than the good. The doppelganger can exist

Destruction Caused by Fear in Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace

1218 words - 5 pages Have you ever been so afraid for your life that you would do anything to save it? Or been so scared of something you felt like you became a different person afterwards because of the experience? Well, the characters of Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace all have encountered these experiences and their lives have changed forever because of the destruction caused by fear. Lord of the Flies is set during the time of World War 2 and is about

A study of the symbolism in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"

1720 words - 7 pages I have chosen to write about the symbolism in William Golding's first novel "Lord of the Flies". I chose to write about the symbolism because it is such an important aspect, which runs through the whole book and is crucial to the reader's understanding of the plot and the development of the characters.The plot is fairly simple but some very complex themes and symbolism are woven into it. The story starts with a group of young boys being marooned

Lord of the Flies Allegory: Symbolism of the Conch

1307 words - 5 pages symbolism, Golding uses objects that have symbolic value as references to ideas, characters that symbolize important historical and religious people, and the setting which frames the conflicts on the island, all have parallels in the real world. They show that what happened in the story is just not a story. They help prove the author's belief that humankind is savage and evil is under civilization. Thus the Lord of the Flies is a microcosm, a smaller

Similar Essays

Lord Of The Rings And A Seperate Peace

858 words - 3 pages Lord of the Rings A main them in both A Separate Peace and Lord of the Rings is jealousy. To be jealous means to be hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage or to want something that isn't yours. Jealousy is shown in A Separate Peace because Gene is jealous of Finny's ability to play sports. This bothers Gene so much he injures Finny by pushing him out of a tree and injuring him for life. In the Lord of the Rings

Lord Of The Rings And A Seperate Peace

858 words - 3 pages Lord of the Rings A main them in both A Separate Peace and Lord of the Rings is jealousy. To be jealous means to be hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage or to want something that isn't yours. Jealousy is shown in A Separate Peace because Gene is jealous of Finny's ability to play sports. This bothers Gene so much he injures Finny by pushing him out of a tree and injuring him for life. In the Lord of the Rings

Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

1552 words - 7 pages - if not slightly embellished - as the novel progresses, with a key theme being civilisation versus savagery. Throughout the novel Golding exploits the use of symbolism in order to establish this theme. Among the most prominent symbols in Lord of the Flies is undoubtedly the conch shell, in all its natural beauty. The conch symbolises certain attributes of mankind, such as civilisation, democracy and order. As the novel progresses this becomes

The Lord Of Flies Symbolism Essay

727 words - 3 pages The fascinating novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding tells an amazing survival story. These boys must learn to come together to survive. This books does not just tell a story, but holds marvelous symbols. Through the symbols we are able to comprehend the story. The symbols include: The island, the conch, Piggy, Simon, the ‘beast’’, and The Lord of the Flies. The first symbol that is very vital to this story is the island. The island can