Lord of the flies

Lord of the flies

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  • Date Submitted: 06/28/2014 2:22 AM
  • Category: English
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The Lord of the Flies novel, published in 1954, was World’s famous. Over
10 000 000 copies were sold in Britain and the novel had been translated into 30 different languages. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is an interesting novel based on the descent into savagery of a group of British boys who are stranded on a deserted island. This book is a narrative type about the catastrophic breakdown of a society. In the story, the boys turn savage and lose their innocence.

The conch in Lord of the Flies symbolizes civilization and rules. Ralph uses it as a microphone; “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking”(P.31). Ralph makes this comment as he holds the conch and does his best as a chief. He keeps in mind that there are no grownups on the island and that the boys must manage it. He informs the boys that whoever had the desire to speak, is whom he will give the conch to. In the beginning of the book, everyone was focused on civilization and rescue “A fire! Make a fire!” (P.37). This was when the conch had the ultimate authority of control but as the book goes on and the boys become ‘Savages’, the narrator emphasizes that the conch loses its power, “The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” (P.200). When the conch is smashed with Piggy, it symbolizes that piggy is the true leader of the boys and the one with great knowledge. After this incident, we can still see continual conflict between Ralph and Jack (include quote). Golding is trying to show us that this conflict is very similar to the conflict between all humans and the ‘evil in all man’s heart’

Jack in Lord of the Flies mainly represents the evil in mankind. He is the leader of the choir. Golding describes him as tall, thin, and bony, “His hair was red beneath the black cap" (P.16). The colour of his hair shows signs of a fiery temper, and the colour of his cap reinforces his sinister side. His motivation is to hunt for pigs...

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