Symbolism In Lord Of The Flies

Symbolism played an important part in the development of story.
This narrative technique is used to give a significance to certain people
or objects, which represent some other figure. The following table lists
many of the examples of symbolism used throughout Golding's book.
Object/Character Represents
Piggy (and Glasses) Clear-sightedness, intelligence. Their state
represents the status of social order.

Ralph, The Conch Democracy, Order

Simon Pure Goodness, "Christ Figure"

Roger Evil, Satan

Jack Savagery, Anarchy

The Island A microcosm representing the world


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island is an ancient symbol of
civilization. The water current around the island seems to be "flowing
backwards," giving the subtle impression that civilization may be going
backwards for the island or its inhabitants. Additionally, another reader
pointed out that Jack could also represent Communism or Fascism. Golding
was influenced by events during the time period that the book was written,
which was around World War II.


William Golding presented numerous themes and basic ideas that give the
reader something to think about. One of the most basic and obvious themes
is that society holds everyone together, and without these conditions, our
ideals, values, and the basics of right and wrong are lost. Without
society's rigid rules, anarchy and savagery can come to light.

Golding is also showing that morals come directly from our surroundings,
and if there is no civilization around us, we will lose these values.

Other secondary themes include the following:

People will ...

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will be isolated from it and put
into their own "world."

Piggy spots a conch shell, and tells Ralph how to use it to make a noise.
Ralph does so, and calls all of the other boys on the island who crashed
down with the plane. Jack and his Choir, Simon, Sam and Eric, and many
other characters join in an assembly (including the littl'uns, which are
the youngest kids at about 6 or 7 years old). Rules are set down, and Ralph
is to be chief. There is no one else on the island but the young boys, so
Jack decides to take his choir out to hunt for wild pigs, although he is
unsuccessful in killing a small pig with his knife.

Significance: While Jack's first attempt to kill the pig failed, his ...

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