Essay/Term paper: Lord of the flies
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Symbols Imagine a bunch of young children's lives changed
by being trapped on a island with no civilization around.
William Golding shows how terrifying it can be in Lord Of
The Flies, the novel that brings symbolism above all to the
emotions of all that read it. The symbols that bring out the
meaning the best are the leadership skills, the fire and the
conch. First, are the leadership skills, as are shown in the
book, Ralph has. Ralph in the novel has many ideas,
leadership skills, and has the force he needs to create a
better place and try to get them all home. There are three
major quotes that prove that Ralph has what it takes. This
first one shows he has good ideas and can enforce what he
thinks should happen. "Shut up," said Ralph absently. He
lifted the conch. "Seem to me we ought to have a cheif to
decide things(#22)." He also shows he can be a good cheif
and make them listen with a wave of a hand. "Ralph smiled
and held up the conch for silence(#23)." Lastly, when
Ralph blows the conch, as though a force is pulling them
nearer, the children go to him. "By the time Ralph had
finished blowing the conch the platform was
crowded(#32)." Next, one of the bigger symbols is the fire.
Enforcing the rules is one thing, but the children would
rather play than keep the fire going. Ralph gives the idea for
the fire, but can they keep it going? " There's another thing.
We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island
they might not notice us. We must make a fire(#38)." Jack
has a great idea to use Piggy's glasses to light the fire." Jack
pointed suddenly. "His specs-use them as burning glasses
(#40)!" Jack has a obsession of hunting and it turns to the
choir as well. They have the responsibility to keep the fire
going, but they get side tracked, go hunting and the fire
goes out. "There was a ship. Out there. You said you'd
keep the fire going and you let it out!" He took a step
towards Jack who turned and faced him. "They might have
seen us. We might have gone home(#70)." As you can see
a bunch of children are not ready for that kind of
responsibility. Finally is the conch, it shows the start of a
civilization and rules, but the chjildren can't make a
civialized place without orderness which they don't have.
Piggy knew what the conch was at first and knew they
should blow on it but all was taken credit for by Ralph.
When they first found it Ralph thought it was a stone in the
water but Piggy saw it as the shell and explained what he
knew about it. "A stone." "No. A shell." Suddenly Piggy
was a-bubble with decorous excitement. " S'right. It's a
shell! I seen one like that before. On someone's back wall.
A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum
would come. It's ever so valuble-(#15)." The shell emites a
deep harsh note boomed. Ralph was amazed at the sound.
"Gosh!(#17)." He was amazed at the sound. It was a
calling of the islands children. Later in the story, everyone
would be talking at the same time so Ralph said he would
give it to a person and they were the only ones to speak.
"Conch?" "That's what this shell's called. I'll give the conch
to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's
speaking (#33)." Golding does a magnificent job of
symbolism in his novel. Already proven are three of the
main symbols. Golding brings emotion, thought, and
symbolism together in Lord Of The Flies. Those kid's lives
were severed, some lives perished, others dreaded by the
nightmares of their memories.
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