William Golding uses many symbols in his novel The Lord of the Flies to create interaction between his characters. Golding’s characters are stranded on an island and one of their first decisions is to build a fire that will be used for creating a smoke signal for passing ships. Golding uses fire to symbolize three things in The Lord of The Flies: hope, struggle, and destruction. To begin with, Golding’s representation of fire as a necessity of hope to being rescued is an aspect that is easily conceivable to the reader, and this is purely demonstrated in the dialogue between several of his characters. During the first meeting the boys decide that they must have a fire in order to signal to passing ships that someone is on the island.
In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the final passage in chapter 3 highlights a Boy named Simon as an unrecognized but vital character who will have a large impact on the story. The final sentence of the chapter reads, “The candle buds opened their wide white flowers…. Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island. (Page 57)” This description of the nature around Simon is foreshadowing how Simon will become a large part later in the story, possibly having the chance to literally “[Posses] the island.” Just like the nature that surrounds him, he is not appreciated or seen, but will have an impact that Golding foreshadows in the future. The imagery seen in the passage describes the nature and Simon together,
"Which is better- to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?" (Golding 180) this quote shows the sensibility that Piggy obtains. Then there’s Jack, who irresponsibly has the other boys playing without a care in the world as if they are not trapped on a deserted island . While the boys are playing he then tries to kill the beast first without a mask, but fails. The second time he put a mask on his determined face, as they have been on the island for a prolonged period; his attempt is a success, although he killed a pig with many
After he caught his first pigs with his hunters, Jack shows Ralph his hunt. While talking to Ralph, “He noticed blood on his hands and grimaced distastefully, looked for something on which to clean them, then wiped them on his shorts”(p 69). Even though Jack is starting to become more animal-like, he still shows that he is still human and is not used to killing animals. However, the longer they boys live on the island, the more they become animals and less human. Then they will move on from killing animals to killing their human
Written in 1954 an extravagant novel follows the journey of a group of boys as they fend for themselves on a deserted island. In Lord Of The Flies, the author William Golding illustrates the boys as they try to form a makeshift civilization that falls when the absence of authority is apparent. The group undoubtedly faces many conflicts whether it be man versus man, man versus nature, or man versus himself. These challenges ultimately cause many disputes and deaths. Although the adventure of the boys is thrilling and action packed, William Golding camouflages his actual message that without proper authority to guide a civilization, that civilization will fall to human nature’s need for savagery and independence.
Starting a fire is essential for a civilization. Firstly, towards the beginning of the book, Piggy’s specs symbolize how civilization is just beginning on the island. After taking Piggy’s glasses, Ralph begins to use the lenses as a way to start a fire. Golding states, “Ralph moved the lenses back and forth… The flame flapped higher and the boys broke into a cheer” (38). To obtain a fire is a magnificent step towards the building of a civilization, for it is extremely crucial for survival.
Beast, devil, evil, corruption, the seven deadly sins, they all represent some form of evil within humankind. Lord of the Flies is the story of schoolboys that have crash landed on an unoccupied island, and go through many hardships as they fight for power and try to be saved. Throughout the story, however, they boys go from having a civilized structure to utter chaos, they struggle for their lives and grasp for survival from a darker creature on the island. Within chapter nine, Simon discovers the beast for what it really is; meanwhile Ralph and Piggy decide to join the other bigguns for a feast with Jack’s tribe. The boys play and dine, and circle together for a “dance” when Simon stumbles out of the forest to tell them of his discovery, and lands in the circle, which results in him being brutally beat to death.
The whole of the book follows the Voyage and Return plot. The boys are stranded on an island, where they must learn how to live without the guidance of adults. At first, life is exciting because they can play all day and do whatever they please. However, as the story progresses, Ralph sees what happens to the other boys when they continue to live irresponsibly and realizes that he must grow up and get off the island. Ralph tries to motivate the other boys to share his newfound insight, “We’ve got to have special people for looking after the fire.
In Lord Of The Flies, William Golding uses many different symbols to show the boy’s development on the island as time goes on. Two of the most important symbols in this book are, the conch shell, and the pig’s head on a stick. The conch shell is used to show civilization and power. The pig’s head on a stick symbolizes loss of innocence, evil and the “beast” in all of the boys. Throughout the novel, the reader’s perception of these symbols tends to be different than the boy’s perception.
As a result, Jack forms a hunting group that eventually most boys join. We can see they start to play a role as savages when the boys put on camouflaging paint and join in “tribal dances.” The group does find a sow pig and slaughter it, later offering it to “the beast” by putting its head on a stick. Simon, out of all the children had gotten the courage and discovered that there was no beast, but a figure of imagination in each boy’s psychology. Processing all this information in his mind, Simon loses his consciousness. Waking up later that evening, he climbs to the mountaintop and discovers that the beast is only but a dead pilot.
Later on, they find tracks that Ralph assumed to be men but Jack rejects the notion and tells them that animals made it. The boys ascend up to the top of the mountain and decide to push a rock off the cliff causing it to fall “like a bomb” foreshadowing the future. On the top of the mountain, they saw the whole island discovering the reef, where they landed, the lagoon, and the fact that the island is uninhabited by any humans besides their group. Hunger catches up to the boys on their journey back to the others and they hear the sounds of hoofs, finding a piglet. Jack attempts to raise his knife to stab it but does not have the determination to kill.
On the other hand, in LOTF, readers see how the boys are adjusting quite nicely to their environment, then there is a subtle change in the ways the boys act. Not only did the lack of independance force them to descend into a savage state, but the destruction of a symbol that displayed intelligence and order lead to the collapse of civilization. “Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks” (Golding 71). Piggy’s glasses exemplified intelligence because Piggy used his glasses to create the fire that was needed for the rescue of the boys on the island.
The hunt in which the sow’s head was killed is important because he convinced the kids who were watching the signal fire that hunting is more important. Having these kids help him on the hunt shows that he processes power through persuasion. It helps Jack’s idea of him being born a leader and that he should of been chief from the beginning. Not only was he the leader of a choir, it would also fit his personality of wanting control of every situation. When the sow was killed they left the head on a stick as a peace offering to the beastie.
Ralph is realistic with his attempts to keep the fire consistently lit. Ralph says to the boys, “‘Theres’s another thing. We can help them find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain.
Ralph as the leader of the group, finds a way to get rescued by explaining to the survivors that "[we] can help find them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the The mountain. We must make a fire" (38). OR can use quote: “Your only hope is keeping a signal fire going as long as there’s light to see.