Logic And Intelligence In Lord Of The Flies

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According to data from The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, in 2013 there was a total of 138 plane crashes. Now imagine being in one of those plane crashes and landing on an uninhabited island with boys within the ages of 6-12 years old as company. That 's what happened in the novel The Lord of the Flies. At the beginning of the novel the boys tried to build a society, but further on the logic and intelligence in the society unraveled causing savagery. This displays how logic and intelligence are sometimes lost in society as shown through many symbols in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies. First off, one big symbol of logic and intelligence is Piggy. At the beginning of the novel when Ralph first meets Piggy he asks what his name…show more content…
Ralph uses the shell to congregate all of the boys on to island and hold a meeting. At the meeting the boys figure out a logical way of surviving on the island. (16) They also use the shell as a sensible way to run the meetings. The boys take turns talking by holding the conch. Like Ralph explained, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.” (33) Finally when the conch shell shatters it also is symbolising the logic and intelligence rupturing, which in the end turns into total chaos and savagery. For example, at the end of the novel all of the boys turn savage except Ralph. The savage boys then go after Ralph and try to kill him until they get saved by a naval officer. In all, the conch shell represents logic and intelligence, and was furthermore taken for granted by the boys. In conclusion, logic and intelligence are often disrespected and forgotten in society displayed through many symbols in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The symbols of logic and intelligence are Piggy, Piggy’s glasses, and the conch shell. Piggy was disrespected and ignored like society stereotypes intelligence. Piggy’s glasses were mistreated equivalent to intelligence and logic is in society. The conch shell was taken for granted much as logic and intelligence were. Even though society is not on a deserted island, how is logic and intelligence still devalued
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