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In "Lord of the Flies", what is the symbolic meaning of the rocks and shelters?

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marthimir666 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2009 at 1:23 AM via web

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In "Lord of the Flies", what is the symbolic meaning of the rocks and shelters?

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danylyshen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 1, 2009 at 10:48 PM (Answer #1)

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In Lord of the Flies the shelters represent civilization, safety, and security from the elements and the beastie. When Ralph tries to get everyone to build a sturdy shelter, he is trying to "build" an island civilization and keep all the little 'uns safe. Jack is not worried about building shelter. Jack is worried about meat and the thrill of the hunt. Symbolically, he is against what Ralph deems important and vital to survival.

The rocks are mostly weapons and they represent Jack's tribe of warriors and outlaws. Roger first uses rocks by throwing them at a little 'un and trying to scare him and bully him. It is also a rock which kills poor Piggy. Rocks are also what and where the warriors make their home on.

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