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Savage Symbols Essay

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A language is not the only way people communicate, since the dawn of time the universal language has been symbols. Symbols have always been a common bond across the world. People have been known to change and when they change symbols seem to change with them for better or worse. In the novel Lord of the flies by William Golding, he displays a creative way to exhibit how a symbol can change overtime. In this novel symbols like a conch, Piggy’s glasses, and Pig head change to be more of a major key to the boys. The story is about some boy’s crash landing on to an island without any parents.
The conch which was used to unite all the boys together and establish order and responsibility: to a lonely shell keeping itself together with its own innocence. Giving all the power to whom it is held by, “where’s the man with the megaphone?” inferring that the one with the conch will be granted the right to talk and be given the leadership ...view middle of the document...

Piggy’s glasses have gone through great change from being a sense of giving piggy the vision of a stereotypical nerd to a technological advancement. The way that they explain specs symbolizing an intelligent boy “He came forward, searching out safe lodgments for his feet, and then looked up through thick spectacles. “Piggy has been seen as the boy with the great ideas yet he never gets credit for them just like in the real life where someone copies another’s work. Piggy’s glasses quickly change to being a technological item of preference when “jack pointed suddenly-“his specs use them as burning glasses! “Piggy was surrounded before he could back away. Piggy’s glasses have been one of the objects that changed for the better of the group, but caused Piggy to get picked on by being so vulnerable.
The malicious Pig head has been around for a long time, but from its first appearance where it’s just a plain head as a tribute to the mythical beast to an evil spirit lurking throughout the boy’s minds. When the pig head is put onto a stick and sacrificed it soon gets flies hovering over and on it, this is where the lord of the flies makes his first manifestation of the boys. When Simon visits the pig head he has a deep conversation with the head “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?” this quote shows the change of a devilish intent ,as if taunting the religious figure Simon, after this is when the boys kill Simon as if showing that the evil has triumphed over the good.
The novel uncovers secrets held by symbols that cannot be seen at first but must be distinguished and explained to comprehend the value of symbolism. The three symbols in Lord of the Flies the conch, the Pig head, and Piggy’s glasses go through times that cannot be explained in such short term for it has major importance to the story. The symbol shown aren’t the only ones that go through change but had the most change William Golding was trying to convey how without the object/symbols the story may have gone through tougher times or gone through ease.

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