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Symbolism In William Goldin’s Lord Of The Flies

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The story begins with a group of British boys who are marooned on a desert island after their plane crashed.
Ralph, a blond and handsome boy, finds himself in this situation and meets a fat boy called Piggy. Together, they find a conch, and Piggy suggests to Ralph blowing on it to know if there are any other survivals. Many young boys come out of the forest and join Ralph and Piggy. At last, a choir, headed by a red-head boy called Jack, appears and joins the other boys. The boys decide that they must have a chief, and they choose Ralph in preference to Jack. Being chief, Ralph set rules for the boys and gives tasks. Ralph chooses Jack to be responsible for the hunters, while the ...view middle of the document...

Being irritated of Jack carelessness, Ralph calls for a meeting. In this meeting, Ralph asserts on many rules neglected by the boys, and he moves from one issue to another until he reaches to the most dangerous problem on the island _ the beast. Divided into believers and disbelievers of the existence of the beast, the boys fight over and the meeting breaks up with the sound of reason fading away.
On the night, two of the boys, Eric and Sam, see a dead body of an air man who fell in a parachute. Thinking him the beast, they run telling the other boys that they saw the beast. Ralph and the other boys go on a trip to hunt the beast, but they found nothing. When they return the other boys, Jack revolt against Ralph’s leadership and demands to be the new chief, but no one choose him over Ralph. Being humiliated, Jack leaves Ralph’s camp to establish his own group.
Slowly, all the big boys join Jack’s tribe except Piggy, Simon, Eric, and Sam.
Jack’s group become real barbarians with their long hair, painted faces, and naked bodies. Those civilized English boys become monsters. Simon sees them when they kill a pig and hang his head on the top of a stick. In an imaginative conversation, Simon talks to the pig’s head who tells him the eternal truth. The head says to Simon that," you knew, did not you? I am part of you? Close, close, close! I am the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are? "(167;...

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