Lord of the Flies Symbols And Concepts
The Signal Fire • This is the barometer of the boys’ desire to return to civilization. • At the beginning of the novel, the boys desire to be rescued and returned to civilization is represented through their overcoming obstacles to build the fire. • Allowing the fire to go out shows the boys have lost sight of civilization.
The Beast • The primal instinct of savagery existing within all human beings. • The belief in the beast becomes stronger as they become more savage.
Characters • Ralph represents order, leadership and civilization • Piggy represents science and technology • Jack represents savagery and the desire for power • Simon represents natural goodness and the prophetic
Characters cont’d • Roger represents brutality and bloodlust • Littlunsrepresents the common people • Biggunsrepresents the ruling class and political leaders
Piggy’s Glasses Represents the power behind science and the intellect of society. • Becomes the actual power needed to start the fire the boys need to signal ships at sea. • When Jack steals the glasses (or the power), then Ralphs group is left helpless.
The Lord of the Flies Symbolizes the power of evil. • Becomes a physical manifestation of the beast. • Tells Simon of the evil lying in every human heart is the true evil.
The Conch Shell Becomes the symbol for civilization and order • Used as the actual representation of democracy on the island. • In the beginning, the conch is used to call the members together and to call official meetings of the group. • The destruction of the conch shows the degeneration of civilization on the island.
Overall Theme of the Novel Man is by nature a savage beast that can only be controlled through the formation of the laws of society. Do you agree?