Lord Of The Flies: Symbols
Lord of the Flies is a very symbolic novel. Setting the novel on an island is important. The island signifies Golding's view of society, and the experiences he had as a naval officer and a school teacher. The boys are representative of historical and religious figures. Ralph, for example, symbolises a government that cannot stop war from breaking out, whilst Simon is a religious symbol who is said to be symbolic of Jesus Christ. The remaining symbols are those of objects on the island that represent ideas. These include the Conch Shell, Piggy's glasses, the Beast and the Lord of the flies. Fire provides a symbol of both hope and rescue. It is also interesting to consider what these symbols represent in the hands of different characters, who themselves have different symbolic meanings.
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Brings all of the factors to mind clearly and simply, greatly increasing the listeners' understanding of the novel and the way in which Golding portrays feeling through imagery.
Fergus O, Student
This is really useful and helps with the book a lot. It's great for GCSE students or anyone who has read the book.
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