"Lord of the Flies" - literary techniques

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William Golding uses a variety of language techniques and symbols to develop character in his novel, "Lord of the Flies". His use of symbols is also important in helping us track the changes in the characters as the novel progresses. In addition, Golding also makes use of graphic imagery in some areas to emphasise the traits of the characters. The tone and language within the dialogue between the characters also is utilised to reflect the personality of characters.

There is an extensive use of symbols in the novel "Lord of the Flies". Golding's use of symbols has allowed us to more accurately interpret the personality of each character, as well as their individual changes or changes as a group. His use of symbols achieves this by relating the characters to different traits and aspects of human nature and society. The conch is a powerful symbol of civilisation as well as democracy at the start of the novel.

It is one of the reasons that Ralph was elected as chief, not just because of his size and appearance, but because, "most powerfully, there was the conch". As the novel progresses, we see that the conch begins to lose its power, and with it we also see the boys as a whole becoming more like savages, until the destruction of the conch, which is a clear indicator that Jack and his group has descended into a group of savages. The pig is another symbol in the novel which is used to mark the changes in the characters. When the boys kill their first pig, it marks the loss of their innocence. The characters themselves are also symbols. Ralph, similar to the conch, is a symbol of civilisation, and as the power shifts from Ralph to Jack, the group...