Symbolism - Throughout the novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding uses
many images and symbols to portray evil and destruction.
Throughout the novel, 'Lord of the Flies', Golding uses many images
and symbols to portray evil and destruction. One of the main symbols
is the beast, and it destroys the relationships of the boys and is the
main symbol of evil. The conch on the other hand, is the symbol of
good, and represents the pure side of the boys. There are also many
symbols which tell us about their life on the island and 'set the
scene' in a deeper way.
The Island is described in great detail by Golding and at first, the
island is full of goodness and one would think that nothing could go
wrong on the island. 'Flower and fruit grew together' is an 'Eden'
like harmony and innocence and survival should be easy, especially
when there are no rules and as much food as they want to eat. It is
infact the environment they have, without any rules, which destroys
their lives in the future. The island is described as remote, which is
extremely important to the story, as the children are isolated and it
would take days for any adults to arrive at the island, and indeed see
the children on their own. It is important to note that at first the
two separate groups are at two ends of the island, and later on,
combine to create one big group. This is probably one reason for the
break up of all the boys as the two groups are slightly different, and
Jack and Ralph are competitive characters, who both want to be
leaders. In the end, their menacing side, overpowers their good, and
has a bad influence over the rest of the children.
Piggy soon finds the conch, and this becomes a symbol of good. Even
though Piggy found the conch, he is not the main leader of the group.
Instead, the conch is handed to Ralph who takes control. Piggy is not
seen to be responsible, just because of the way he looks. The conch
helps the boys take control of the situations they are in and
reassures the boys that there is good on the island. They sort of
confide in the conch and when the conch is held up, it is a sign of
respect for each other, and the respect of law and order. Many
meetings were held to discuss plans and the conch is the centre of
these assemblies. Who ever is in possession of the conch, has the
right to speak and speak his mind. When the island begins to fall
apart, the conch is soon dismissed and no one pays attention to it.
'The conch exploded' and 'ceased to exist', and when this happens, the
boy's don't have any respect for each other, especially piggy, and
begin to lose sight of what is good and what is evil.
The boys start hunting for their food, and when they come across the
pig for the first time, Ralph Cant help himself and kills the pig, it
seems like he does this for pleasure and he enjoys the experience. The
hunting seems exciting to the...