Chapter 8 Lord Of The Flies Figurative Language

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Indeed Lord of the Flies has tremendous amounts of connections to the real world. Important events, speeches by characters and even words tend to act as an allegory to the real world. I felt that the most important word of the book would be: “Conch”. The “Conch” is a shell of “ deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink” (16). and the authors expresses its value to be very expensive “ -- a conch, ever so expensive” (16). which represents it is more than a symbol -- it is an actual vessel of democratic power. As the island civilization erodes and the boys descend into savagery, the conch shell loses its power and influence among them. As the book progressed to reveal the cold and ugly truth to Simon about the “Bestie”, the head of …show more content…

I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” I think that this is the most important passage within the book. The Lord of the Flies speaks these lines to Simon in Chapter 8, during Simon’s vision in the his hiding place with the forest. These words confirm Simon’s speculation in Chapter 5 that perhaps the beast is only the boys themselves. This idea of the evil on the island being within the boys is central to the novel’s exploration of inner human savagery. The Lord of the Flies identifies itself as the beast and acknowledges to Simon that it exists within all human beings: “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?” The creature’s distorted language and bizarre appropriation of the boys’ slang (“I’m the reason why it’s no go”) makes the creature appear even more hideous and devilish, for he taunts Simon with the same colloquial language the boys use themselves. Simon, startled by his discovery, tries to convey it to the rest of the boys, but the evil and savagery within them boils to the surface, as they mistake him for the beast itself, set upon him, and kill him. As the shell loses power, William Golding (author of the book) paints another issue that becomes a misery compiler: Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw

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