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Lord of the Flies. Symbolism Essay. Pre-writing. Do you have your three symbols picked out? Conch, Piggy’s glasses, fire, hunting, Lord of the Flies (pig’s head), rocks, spears, hunters’ dance, parachutist, etc. Do you have your theme?

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Lord of the flies

Lord of the Flies

Symbolism Essay


Pre writing

Pre-writing

  • Do you have your three symbols picked out?

    • Conch, Piggy’s glasses, fire, hunting, Lord of the Flies (pig’s head), rocks, spears, hunters’ dance, parachutist, etc.

  • Do you have your theme?

    • There is evil in all of us; Without rule, there is anarchy and chaos; Evil is a stronger force than good; Innocence and intelligence are no match for evil; etc.

  • Do your symbols show your theme?

    • Yes– move on to your thesis statement

    • No– choose another symbol(s) and/or another theme

  • Thesis statement should combine your symbols and theme:

    • Example: In Lord of the Flies, the rocks, the hunters’ dance, and the pig’s head all show that there is evil in all of us.


Introduction attention grabber

Introduction– Attention Grabber

  • Pick something that will get the reader’s attention

  • Outside quotation (find an outside quote)

    • Example: “Blessed is he who has it in his power to do evil, yet does not” (Margaret of Navarre Quotationary). from Damien

    • *If you do this option, you must explain the quote, where it came from, who said it, etc. (Outside Information)

  • Quote from the novel (find a quote from Lord of the Flies)

    • Example: “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart” (202).

  • Some other type of attention grabber

    • Example: The conch shatters into pieces. Savages chase Ralph to the beach. from Kadeem

    • Example: How would a place be without a ruler? from Stephanie


Introduction

Introduction

  • After your attention grabber, you need to continue your introduction

  • Have a few sentences that briefly explain what happens in the book and give the title and author of the book

  • These should lead in to your thesis statement

  • Example introduction:

  • What would a society without rules look like? Probably, it would be chaotic and dangerous, and this is just what happened in the novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. A group of school boys is stranded on an island, and despite their efforts to stay organized, they descend into savagery. In Lord of the Flies, the conch, Piggy’s glasses, and the fire illustrate that without rule, there is chaos and anarchy.


Body paragraph

Body Paragraph

  • Topic sentence: this should tell what the paragraph will be about

    • Example: The conch, Piggy’s glasses, and the fire are all symbols that show how the boys transition from ordinary children into savages.

  • Lead in and set up for symbol: for each symbol, you need a lead in and set up

    • Example: When their plane crashes on the island, the mark from the plane is described as a scar on the island itself. from Jamias

  • Quote for symbol: Golding describes the violence of the scar when he states “The long scar smashed into the jungle” (7). This shows that there is already a violent and dangerous atmosphere on the island.

  • Clincher: Wrap up how all three symbols show your point (what you’re proving in your thesis)

    • Example: These three symbols show how there is evil in all of the boys.


Conclusion paragraph

Conclusion Paragraph

  • Restated thesis: re-word your thesis

    • Example:

      • Original thesis: Evil is a stronger force than good.

      • Restated thesis: Good cannot overcome evil.

  • Inside info: information from the book

    • Example: In Lord of the Flies, the good characters like Simon, Piggy, and Ralph, are all killed or about to be killed by the other boys who have become evil.

  • Transition to outside: how the book relates to life

    • Example: Sadly, this happens all the time in real life too. Good people are hurt or killed by evil people.

  • Judgement/Clincher: tell why it all matters

    • Example: We must learn the lessons from Lord of the Flies and not allow evil to triumph over good.


Conclusion paragraph all tied together

Conclusion Paragraph- all tied together

  • Restated thesis

  • Inside info

  • Transition to outside

  • Judgment/clincher

  • Good cannot overcome evil. In Lord of the Flies, the good characters like Simon, Piggy, and Ralph, are all killed or about to be killed by the other boys who have become evil. Sadly, this happens all the time in real life too. Good people are hurt or killed by evil people.We must learn the lessons from Lord of the Flies and not allow evil to triumph over good.


Mla citation

MLA Citation

  • Last name, first name. Title of the book. City where it was published: Publisher’s name, year. Print.

  • Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: A Perigree Book, 1954. Print.


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