The Powers Of The Symbols In "Lord Of The Flies"

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Lord of the Flies is a novel that is all about symbols that have different powers which is used on the boys. Two of the symbols which are the conch and the sow’s head contain powers that are opposite of each other and they have a great affect on the boys. Lord of the Flies would be a different story without symbols. The conch has the powers that lead to civilization and order. It represents the authority that the boys will need to get rescued from the island. The sow’s head on the other hand represents the evil powers to lead the boys to total chaos and savagery which is created by Jack. Jack has used one of the sow’s head’s symbolism which is the beast to control his group. The conch has a power that is used for order and civilization, while the sow’s head has a power to control evil and savagery.

The conch was used and discovered by Ralph who is a character in the book to call a meeting in order for the boys that are on the island to join and work together to get rescued from the island. It is a symbol which had a power that leads the group of boys to civilization that will rescue them from the island. The conch makes a loud noise when anyone blows it, and everyone that is on the island is able to hear it. When Ralph discovers the conch, Piggy who is another character in the book tells Ralph to blow the conch to call the others “We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us” (Golding. 17).

It was not significant at Jack’s end of the island, due to the fact that the conch represented order, and Jack does not agree with order. Since Jack had moved from Ralph’s group, order had no meaning for him. Jack would only do whatever he desires which is hunting and didn’t care about anything else. Jack was chief at his end of the island. Since everyone from Ralph’s group moved to Jack, was because Ralph instructed the boys to get wood, so that they could build fire. The boys didn’t want to work, therefore they sneaked out from Ralph’s group and joined Jack due to the fact that Jack only wants to have fun, and that is exactly what they want. When Ralph came to Jack’s end of the island, he wanted to use the conch to speak, but Jack told Ralph that the conch doesn’t count at his end of the island “You haven’t got it with you, “said Jack, sneering. “You left it behind. See, clever? And the conch doesn’t count at this end of the island” (Golding. 166). Later on, the conch breaks, representing that civilization is broken, since the conch was the symbol which was supposed to lead the boys to civilization.

The sow’s head that has been made by Jack’s group’s savageness symbolizes the beast that lives in each person. It was placed by Jack on a spear as a sacrifice for the beast. As Jack said “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.” (Golding. 151). The Sow’s head told Simon the truth that Simon already knows which was “There isn’t anyone to help...

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