The Lord Of The Flies: A Symbolic Analysis

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George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” This is significant because it fully depicts the conflict that occurs in the novel between the boys. A symbol is used to represent something as it has relevance to context. Symbols give deeper meaning or extend feeling to an actual word beyond what is being said. The use of symbols can be very helpful in bringing more change of conveyance in a piece of literature. When trying to explain something very big and complex, symbols are usually the way to go because it will make the understanding much more clear. They also are a way to communicate and enhance meaning of the main idea, strong conflicts or high emotions of a story. In the story, the conch is representative of civilization and the type of authority figure that the boys are used to obeying like an adult figure, and Jack’s hunters represent savagery as they hunt recklessly. These two symbols are some of the most important in the novel. We see these two develop thoroughly through conflict and struggle.
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