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What does The Lord of the Flies mean literally and figuratively?

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alicelongrocks | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM via web

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What does The Lord of the Flies mean literally and figuratively?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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The Lord of the Flies was actually a bloody boar's head that attracted carrion flies.  It is significant because at first the boys had to learn to hunt in order to survive.  It came to hold a mystical meaning for the boys as they descended deeper and deeper into anarchy.

The Lord of the Flies began to symbolize the blood-lust and heathenism of the total deterioration of society.  As the title indicates, the boys began to practically worship violence.  They lost touch with reality, and eventually this downfall led to Ralph’s murder.

 

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