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the lord of the flies
The Lord of the Flies
  • Published in 1955 when William Golding was 43.
  • Golding offered up the following as the theme of his version of the story: “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable. The whole book is symbolic in nature except…the end…(which is still) enmeshed in…the symbolic life of the children on the island.”


3 forms of allegory

Political allegory, where each character represents some abstract idea of government

Psychological allegory, where each character represents a different aspect of the human psyche

Religious allegory, where the characters and plot take on Biblical connotations

  • This novel is frequently analyzed as allegory. As you read, bear in mind that there are numerous symbols, and symbolic characters, that can be interpreted in a variety of ways, depending on the allegorical interpretation. The following are three common allegorical interpretations:
as you read you should note how the following could be interpreted symbolically
As you read, you should note how the following could be interpreted symbolically:
  • Ralph
  • Piggy
  • Jack
  • Roger
  • Simon
  • Conch
  • Glasses
  • Fire/smoke
  • Beast
  • Island
  • Face paint