William Golding Lord Of The Flies Symbolic Analysis

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In the novel “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding He talks about many different symbols. The three most powerful symbols in LOTF are the conch shell, piggy's glasses/specs, and the signal fire. These are the most significant symbols in the book and have the most meaning. The first important powerful symbol is the conch shell which represents power, leadership, and order. There are many ways in which the conch shell represents these things. For example, on page 20, it states,”We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us—”. In this quote Golding shows that now that they have discovered this item they can now use it to their advantage to start having order in the group and make it more organized so it's …show more content…

Piggy's glasses play a really important part of survival on the island one being starting the signal fire. For example, Golding shows an instance where piggy's glasses made the fire light,”Ralph moved the lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood.” In this quote golding is showing that there is hope and they keep getting more and more advanced, but Piggy's glasses don't always show hope they also symbolize lose for hope. For instance, the following quote states how by piggy damaging his glasses it's also diminishing their hope for survival on the island,”Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks”. In other words since the glasses represent hope, this quote represents the loss of hope and basically losing all the hope they had. To sum it up piggy's glasses play a were important role in “Lord Of The …show more content…

For example, on page 56, it states,”Life became a race with the fire and the boys scattered through the upper forest. To keep a clean flag of flame flying on the mountain was the immediate end and no one looked further", This quote refers the enthusiasm the boys have of keeping the signal fire lit in order to get rescued. This is symbolizing the hope they have for rescue and by keeping it going they have a better chance of getting rescued. The signal fire also represents destruction, for instance the description on page 288, the author cites evidence that illustrates how the fire, once a symbol for rescue, actually ended up destroying everything they worked for the get to the point of rescue,”The fire reached the coconut palms by the beach and swallowed them noisily. A flame, seemingly detached, swung like an acrobat and licked up the palm heads on the platform. The sky was black”. In this quote, it describes how the thing they strive for so much can destroy what you've worked to achieve so easily. The signal fire clearly plays a big role in survival for the boys on the

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