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 it says, “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away” (Golding 82). From this quote it is seen that the longer the boys stay trapped on the island the more they start to lose the morals that regular society expects. When the boys are hunting it says, “The chant rose ritually, as at the last moment of a dance or a hunt. ‘Kill the pig! Cut his throat!
Polyphemus’ purpose in The Odyssey is to show the two sides of Odysseus – the clever hero and the rash idiot – by providing obstacles for Odysseus to overcome. The way that a person responds to a challenge says much about the person themselves. Polyphemus asks: “But tell me, / Where did you leave your ship? Far / Down by the coast, or close? I’d like to know” (Odyssey.9.274-276), not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he wants to destroy their ship.
Piggy’s death represents the last link to civilized being broken. Moments before his death, Piggy seizes the conch and says “Which is better -- to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is? Which is better -- to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill? Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?”(163) piggy's sensibility only angered the beast and caused his death soon after. Piggy's death broke the last link the island society had to civilization.
Health risks spanned from the horrendous environment. The origin of the apocalypse is unknown, but the father did hear concussions then identifies a “dull rose glow” (52) one morning that altered the country from then on. The land was uninhabited, the trees were all dead, and ash flew all over creating a grey murk (4). The ash that fluttered around was a major hindrance for the man and his son. They had to wear masks to cover their face so they would not inhale the murk, but the father still seemed to have a reoccurring respiratory problem.
The fire represents the boy's connection to human civilization and is their only hope of getting off the island. In the beginning of the story Ralph stressed the importance of tending to the fire in order to keep it burning. Jack and the hunters volunteer to be in charge of the fire. At first they do a good job. However, they start to only focus on hunting and the fire ends up burning out.
Let’s start with the positives first . Cassius can start a group quickly such as the group of conspirators. He also finished his goal of killing Caesar. Cassius was right about one thing for sure and that was not wanting to Philippi. Cassius knew and warned Brutus yet Brutus was being stubborn for better words and did not listen.
In the beginning of the novel, Piggy's glasses help the boys take a huge step toward their own civilization and survival. This is one of many reasons why Piggy's glasses symbolize civilization and knowledge. In Lord of the Flies Golding writes,"' His specs – use them as burning glasses"' (40). He illustrates how the boys use the glasses to create fire to demonstrate their value and why they are beneficial. Golding also writes, "Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks''(71).
It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good. Another example is when Brutus is asked to join the assassins, and he says “If these be motives weak, break off betimes, And every man hence to his idle bed; so let high-sighted tyranny range on” (JC 2.1.121-123). A clearer version of what he is saying, is that it is the duty of every Roman man to prevent tyranny from surviving. He also states that if the man’s intentions are not good, then they should not participate in the execution of the task. This is directed towards some of the other assassins because he knew many of them had poor intentions.
Rather, they are the actions of an arrogant, ??????? man who had decided that he knew what was best for Rome. Brutus claimed that he was killing Caesar for the good of Rome. He was worried that Caesar would become a tyrannical ruler, and ruin Rome. However, he had very little proof that Caesar would actually become a tyrant.
Symbols, in Lord of the Flies, undergo change to show how the civilization amongst the young boys is decaying through the course of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the conch represents order as it is used for a talking stick in civilized meeting, but once it breaks home of the boys go mad. The signal fire is intentionally for being rescued, however, Jack changes its purpose to kill ralph in the thickets, before they are rescued. When Piggy 's specs are clear, the group of boys are civil, though, as they get scratched up, and eventually go missing, the civil in the boys turn into savages. For a civilization to decline, the community within it has
As the flame is lit the boys establish a link to civilization harnessing the power of fire in an effort to be saved and to return to the world that they once lived. At this point fire becomes a symbol of civilization, but at the same time the boys witness the savage nature of fire when they lose control of the flames and a littlun ends up being killed by the fire. As the story continues the struggle between civilization and savagery becomes more apparent and pronounced. When a ship passes by the island the boys have a chance of being rescued but they discover that the signal fire had burned out: “The fire was dead. They saw that straight away; saw what they had really known down on the beach when the smoke of home had beckoned.
The fire becomes the symbol of hope because before the fire, they only knew what piggy had to say which was that they had no chance of rescue. The fire is the symbol of hope, but over the course of the book, it also becomes their worst nightmare. “They ad smoked him out and set the island on fire”(197). After using the fire as a symbol of hope, by the end of the book, the fire is used as a weapon when chasing and trying to kill Ralph. This change over the course of the book suggest that fire is no longer a sign of hope, but as a weapon of destruction and terror.
He may come again even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat. So watch; and be careful” (177) Jack not even saying he was at fault in Simon’s death, instead says that Simon was actually the beast, to keep the boys under control with fear. Jack is a devious person who goes into the deep end of savagery after having no rules to follow and becomes a pseudo
Jack is an example of Golding’s view on every individual being a savage because of his change in behavior. One situation that proves Jack’s animalistic behavior is when he hunts the pig. Hunting for food is a way of survival, but Jack took the idea too far by smearing the blood on his face and having a reenactment of the kill by his followers. On the other hand, Ralph is the counterexample of becoming a savage, because his attitude towards dignity and respect stays the same. After the plane crashes on the island, Ralph immediately takes charge and forms rules with the members of the plane who has survived.