To start, when the boys first arrive on the island after the crash, Jack had a knife that he carried around with him. He constantly hits it into nearby objects to instill fear in the other boys. For example, during a meeting the boys are all talking about what their plan should be while they are on the island. Jack suddenly stands up. On page 33, the narrator says, “Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked around challengingly.”
Some of the younger boys claimed to see a “beastie” or a “snake-thing” at night. Many people are perplexed when it comes to the query: “What is the beast and what does it symbolize?” There are numerous definitions about what the ‘thing’ haunting the children signify and it evolves throughout the book. In the beginning, the beast represents the children’s fear.
I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone-” (p.181). Conch can represent respect of the boys because at the beginning of the story person who hold the conch is only one who can speak, but when jack became the dictator; he is the most powerful boy on the island; he destroys the conch violently. The power of Jack destroys respect of other boys.
He then becomes “inarticulate to express mankind’s essential illness.” These statements are a much more direct remark on the savagery of man that is the beast. Much later in chapter 9 (Doc. F), the hunters form a tribe under Jack and perform a ritual dance. They find what they think to be the “beast”, and attack it. “At once the crowd surged after it… leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.”
Every child comes into this world as a selfish, manipulative, cruel and stubborn being. It is the parents and society that teaches children how to function in a civilized world, and societal laws that keeps them under control. William Golding wrote this novel in the early years of the cold war and the atomic age. In William Golding's classic novel Lord of the Flies, Golding uses Jack, a young savage who looks to lead a group of stranded kids on an island with no food, no rules, and no adults. The effect freedom has on Jack has turned him into a savage because he does not have to listen to anyone since there are no adults on the island.
The boys held an election and it was so that Ralph was chief. “‘All right. Who wants Jack for chief?’ With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands. ‘Who wants me?’
The “Beast” give the children frightens all the boys, this gives the readers a symbol for the instinct of savagery. As their savagery grows, their belief in the beast grows stronger “Beast” grows, "There was confusion in the darkness and the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of face. "1 As the boys begin making it sacrifices and treating it as their leader, the boys' behavior is what brings the beast into reality, so the more savage the boys become, the more real the beast seems to be. After Simon discovers, the severed pig’s head, Lord of the Flies, Simon believes that it is talking to him and telling him about how evil lies within every human heart.
The conch is an important symbol because it helps the boys stay civilized and not chaotic. For example, Ralph says, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking” (31). They will use the conch for when they are at meetings so that no one talks at the same time, and to make the society refined. In addition, William golding states, “The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (164).
This quote shows that after a certain amount of time humans began to change and reveal their “true” selves. Jack begins to portray a darker character who enjoys destroying those around him. This change from being an uptight choir boy to a savage demonstrates that men are inherently evil since no one taught Jack to act this way. Instead he is the one who is encouraging those around to become more like him. Adding on, Jack’s laugh was a way of showing that humans enjoy watching others
Symbolism plays a significant role in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Lord of the Flies is a novel about how a group of schoolboys, who crashed on a deserted island, eventually transition from civilized humans to savage beings. Several symbols are displayed throughout the novel; however, each of the main characters themselves, Ralph, Piggy, and Jack, are the most important examples. Ralph and the conch shell represent order, Piggy and his glasses represent science, and Jack and his mask represent savagery. The theme of civilization vs. savagery is exemplified through each of the boys and their objects and is a predominant theme throughout the book.
Religious Allegory Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a strongly structured allegory that can be broken down into broad spectrums. For example, the story has a strong relation to Christianity and the ideas presented in the Bible. Throughout the novel, Golding compares characters and situations to iconic biblical parables and religious figures. Lord of the Flies is expressed as a religious allegory by the island’s representation to Eden, Simon as a Christ figure, and inherent evil throughout the novel.
WWII was a nightmare for a lot of people, now imagine this nightmare but in child’s form. That is basically what the book, Lord of the Flies, is about because it’s an allegory to the war. Meaning almost everything and character in the story somehow ties into or symbolizes a part of this war. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbolism and characters to create an allegory for WWII which is demonstrated through Ralph and the Beast. Ralph is just a kid who was elected chief of the tribe on the island, and he is an allegory for WWII that represents the United States’ part played in the war.