Symbolism In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Throughout history and literature, symbols have been used to represent the bigger picture or main ideas. This allows the reader to illustrate the symbol in their head and have a much better overall understanding of the book. A number of times during Golding’s Lord of the Flies, he uses symbols to illustrate the boys’ destruction and fall from order into savagery. The regression of the boys’ civilization is evident through Golding’s symbolic use of the conch shell, the signal fire and the beastie. All are critical for expressing Golding’s overall message. To start, the representation of the boys’ civilization begins with the omnipotent conch shell. The boys soon establish the conch as a symbol of law and order. All the boys agree and enjoy the idea of acting in this sophisticated and respectful manner. During the first period of time on the island the kids are able to maintain order and continue to perform such humane acts and routines, like gathering for assemblies to discuss strategy. Through maintaining such procedures they are able to divide duties and maintain the fire while collecting food. For the most part, it allowed them to stay up to par with the civilized standards prevalent in British society. Unfortunately for the boys’ livelihood, the significance of the conch soon dissolves. As time goes on the boys lose sight of the conch and care less and less for it. Slowly but surely, slipping away from civilization and closer to savagery. The island’s civilization
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