The conch and the sow’s head both wield a specific type of power over the juvenile boys in Lord of the Flies. The conch, used to call assemblies, represents progress and civilization while the sow’s head represents terror, barbarity, and malevolence and is partly to blame for Simon’s demise. Lord of the Flies is a novel about power because throughout the book Jack and Ralph quarrel over who should be the chieftain of the children and the novel uses the conch and the sow’s head to represent divergent forms of power and authority. Also, the book shows the reader the power of symbols such as the conch and the pig’s head and even the island that the children remain inevitably imprisoned on until their liberation at the conclusion of the novel. Just about everything within this novel is a representation of something that is considerably greater.
The glasses represented an example of mental power amongst the group and their survival on the island. Throughout the tragic event, the glasses showed both knowledge and understanding in representing Piggy's true identity and his mental power over the group. Furthermore, when the boys decide to use Piggy's glasses to start the fire again this foreshadows the idea of intelligence by proving to Ralph that he contributed to building the fire. "His specs-use them as burning glasses!" (Golding 40).
Thirdly, the glasses: Piggy´s glasses represent the fire, because they are needed to make fire, thanks to the proyectation of the sunlight to the Wood. Finally, the fire: It represents their last hope to be saved from the island, as with the smoke they can be seen. Without it they can be lost there forever, and in this extract is shown its importance: “There was a ship. Out there! You said you´d keep the fire going and you let it out!” Said Ralph to Jack.
Moreover, the novel begins by describing Piggy as, “shorter than the fair boy and very fat”. Ironically, that fat boy is the one behind all of Ralph’s sensible decisions. He is an outcast because of his glasses yet that object is the reason why the boys got rescued even after Piggy died. The glasses represent fire and give Piggy the ability to notice the boys changing into tribal savages. Piggy speaks about responsibilities for survival, but he,
In the book Lord of the Flies, Golding Williams portrays a story about civilization and Savagery. The story starts when a plane full of school boys being evacuated from England is attacked in the air by enemies. This plane falls into a tropical Island in the Pacific Ocean, and only boys between the age of six and twelve survived the crash. Ralph and Pig find a counch, and with Pig’s idea, Ralph blow the counch and a huge sound calls the other boys that were in the Island and they gathered onto the beach. Ultimately, a choir comes to the beach led by a boy called Jack.
Ralph tells Piggy “let the fire go then, for tonight,” (164), showing that he has stopped caring about getting home. Throughout the beginning of the novel, Ralph is the leader of the fight to keep and maintain the fire, but he is starting to give up hope and lets the fire die. Lastly, fire symbolizes hope during the end of the novel. Jack and most of the other boys have turned on Ralph and want to “hunt” him. They decided that the best way to get Ralph to come to them on the beach was to light the whole forest on fire so Ralph would be forced out to the beach.
The fat boy anticipates the same amount of interest in Ralph but gets little to no response, only when the fat boy declares to Ralph he doesn’t care what the others call him. If they don’t call him what they use to call him in school, that being the name “Piggy” (Golding 11). “Ralph shrieked with laughter. He jumped up. Piggy!
The conch shell symbolizes not only the importance of a strong authority, but also represents the evil in human nature. Without any central power and authority, humans naturally turn savage and do whatever they can to gain the power they desire. As the leadership in Ralph diminishes, Jacks evilness overcomes the whole island, essentially turning everyone into savages. William Golding purposely shatters the conch to illustrate that without proper order, there will be no rationality left within the group of
Nicole Hero Mrs. Davis Cultural Foundations 23 December 2015 Symbolism in Lord of the Flies In the adventurous novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, symbolism is used throughout the whole book. A group of boys from Britain were on a plane that was shot down over a deserted island. Soon after leaders were elected, Ralph is in charge and Jack is in charge of the hunters. The conch, Piggy’s glasses and the fire all mean so much in this book. Without them, surviving would not be the same to the boys.