Piggy And Conch In Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

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Society isn’t perfect and it’s about to either hit you in the head or go over. “Lord of the Flies”, shows symbolism, a topic some people don’t understand. William Golding uses symbolism to create a universal message in his novel. Symbolism is the symbolic meaning attached to natural objects or facts. In this novel, William Golding uses symbolism to trace the defects of society back to the human nature by two major symbols, Piggy and the Conch. Piggy, despite being a character constantly being picked on, is an important symbol in this novel. Piggy represents common sense or scientific intellect. “Coming in the dark-he hand no business crawling like that out of the dark. He was butt. He asked for it.” The quote from Piggy shows how he likes to think in a scientific way when it comes to problems. He views the situation from a neutral stand point. Mostly society picks a side and in a problem and one side can’t agree with the opposing side or look at it from a neutral…show more content…
Piggy likes the conch because it represents authority and order on the island. “The rock struck Piggy, a glancing blow from chin to knee: the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist… Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back.” This quote shows that when Piggy dies, the conch dies as well. This marks the end of any authority or common sense on the island. These are the two important symbols in this novel that portray symbolism. “Lord of the flies,” shows the defects in our society really well. This novel and the symbolism can be tied with real life. With the hateful protest groups in the United States, it marks how society cannot have order when it comes to a simple situation or protest. Also with the threat of North Korea getting more powerful weapons over time, they could start a nuclear war. It shows disorder in our society like it does in the novel. Both real life society and the novel can go together in a
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