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Understood Objects Of Symbolism In The Novel "Lord Of The Flies" By William Golding

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In every novel, an object may represent something other than what it actually is. Lord of the Flies of by William Golding has several of these objects in it. An explanation for what objects hold symbolic meaning is would be like how snow may represent delight and happiness for a child. These objects also add side stories and add detail to the novel. Three objects that hold immense symbolic meaning in Lord of the Flies are the beast, the conch, and the signal fire.
To begin with, one object that holds great symbolic meaning is the beast. When the beast is introduced into the novel, it strikes terror into numerous littluns and biguns, even if they refuse to admit it. Several of the biguns take the belief of the beast with a grain of salt. In other words, they believe there is a possibility of its existence, but it is highly unlikely that the beast actually exists. In the novel it states, ‘“Maybe,” he said hesitantly,” Maybe there is a beast.” The assembly cried out savagely and Ralph stood up in amazements.” You, Simon? You believe in this?” “I don’t know,” said Simon. His heartbeats were choking him. “But…” “What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.”’ (89) This quote foreshadows the ending of the story. It also shows what the fear truly is. The beast represents the savage side of mankind and the fear it strikes into people.
Additionally, a different object that holds great symbolic meaning is the conch. The conch is the lone object holding order within the island. When the conch is broken, the island became a hectic mess. Jack and his followers became savage warriors who were willing to kill anything that got into their way. Sadly, Roger is the only person ready to kill somebody. The conch represents the island’s rule system and order within the island, as well. Without either order or rules, chaos is allowed into people’s lives. As a result, without the conch, terror is released and Roger’s savage nature is permitted to do as it wishes. With the conch on the island, Roger’s evil can be prevented. Jack contributes to the chaos that occurs, as well. Without him, the island is under Ralph’s...

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