What are you doing out here all alone? Arent you afraid of
me? asks a pigs head on a stick, covered in flies. But its more that,
its an entity, which is hidden within the depths of the book,
concealed for the reader to discover. The book Lord of the Flies by
William Golding contains symbolism all throughout the text, each
symbol to be interpreted in its own way.
The main symbol in Lord of the Flies is quite obviously, the Lord
of the Flies, which as aforementioned, is a pigs head on a stick,
covered in flies. The symbol represents the evil within the boys that
reside on the island. Each one corrupt in his own, fearing what
resides within them. Jack with his macho attitude, while he is a
leader, has actually took part in killing someone, but then again, so
has every boy there. This evil could also be interpreted as a loss of
innocence, in which the boys spiral from helpless little tykes to
voracious savages, living only to kill.
Another symbol, is just the flies residing upon the sows head.
They seem to represent people that cling to evil, as though it would
their only chance of survival. An example of that would be a cannibal,
whose own desires have led him to feast upon flesh, and then, even
when he knows that what he has done is wrong, he continues to do it
until his disgusting gorging has ended with his capture and
punishment. Oddly enough, the flies are feeding on rotting flesh as
Simon, the boy murdered by his peers, can be viewed as a
Christ figure. While some may say it is Ralph, Simon seems more like
a savior. He comes down from the mountain, bearing news of the
boys salvation from the beast that torments him and he is persecuted
by them, each one taking part in the frenzy of his death. He also
seems to be knowledgeable about things the boys cant comprehend.
He is always off in his own little world, pondering something that
most boys wouldnt even consider thinking about.
Yet another symbol in Lord of the Flies would the conch, which
Ralph clings to so dearly. All of the boys see that as the upholding of
order, until Jack claims it not so. With the shattering of the conch,
Ralph seems to plummet into a slight depression, wherein he has
nothing to remind of the upright and strict ways of his home. Without
it he is nearly lost in a sea of his thoughts, buses as an example.
The reader could also view Piggys glasses as a symbol of
societies unspoken rules. They bring fire, what started the rise of
civilization as well as power, which in turn brings authority and
discipline. Piggy though, seems unfit to hold that position of power,
so the glasses are always used by those who deserve the power to
light the fire. Only when Jack, the power-grubbing boy, is gone, does
Piggy use his glasses to light the fire. This is also when Ralph is in an
unfit leader attitude, he is moping about losing his followers. Perhaps
Piggy was just trying to feel like he was needed, when in all reality,
he was of no practical use to anyone at all.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an excellent novel filled
with tons of symbolism. The reader truly gets an experience from
deciphering each one, in his or her own way.Words
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