Symbolism In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding often uses symbolism throughout the story. Symbolism is defined as the art or practice of using sumbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by mean of visible or sensuous representations. This novel is fulfilled with symbolsm, but the ones that stand out the most are Piggy's glasses and the fire, and the conch.

"His speces- use them as burning glasses"! This quote connects to two symbols which are the fire and Piggy's glasses. The fire is a symbol of rescue and hope. Without Piggy's speces they wouldnt of been able tostart a fire. While the novel went on they started another fire but they got side tracked and the fire went out. Further more on in the sorty the boys were working very hard to start a fire because they wanted to get rescued, but when it had went out some boys like Jack didn't care anymore about being rescued and had decided to give up because he knew he wasn't going to be.

In the end of the novel Jack started the fire and wanted to burn down the island to kill Ralph, but instead it rescued them.

Throught Lore of the Flies, the most important symbol is the conch. The importance of the conch is that it symbolizes everyone that is speaking, in other words whoever is holding the conch has the power and right to talk and everyone surrounded by him must be listening. Ralhp uses it too call meetings and for the boys to come. "I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking". The conch shows much power and a step towards organization.

In conclusion, Lord of...