Monster In Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

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In every one of us, there is a savage monster. A monster, that, in our vulnerability, will silently kill off the good parts of ourselves. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of British boys who must survive on an island after their plane crashes. From the story, it is clear that the monsters inside us can destroy the bonds we work so hard to make. This is shown through symbolism, like the fire, which represents the fear in the group, the boys, which represents how humanity has corrupted the world we live in, and the Lord of the Flies, which represents the monster inside of us and how it affects our lives. The first symbol, the fire, represents the fear in the group. Ralph explains that the fire is necessary to survive. “There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they…show more content…
““This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there-so don’t try to escape…. This has gone quite far enough. My poor, misguided child, do you think you know better than I do”” (143). This is what all of our monsters tell us- that we can never escape, and every time we try to defeat it, it will grow stronger. Our monsters feed on fear, which gives them power to eat us away until all that is left is a shred of being, held together by a superglue of fear. ““I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry. D’you see? You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else-”” (144). The Lord of the Flies here is like a psychotic murderer- repeating something sinister until he gets what he wants. While Simon feels the need to run, he can’t. His monster is scaring him so much that he is petrified to the point of losing consciousness. When we feed our monsters fear, we are giving them a very powerful place- one that makes our life
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