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What does the pig's head represent in Lord of the Flies?
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The pig's head symbolizes both the savagery that the boys now exhibit outwardly, and the "Lord of the Flies" because the rotting head is swarming with flies, as it sits perched on a stick.
Posted by renelane on October 30, 2007 at 2:45 AM (Answer #2)
it symboliizes loss of hope fear an it shows that evil is the beast and evil is in everyone
Posted by jondcs on May 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM (Answer #3)
it symbolizes evil that is in every human because no matter how rotten and old the pig head got, the remains still was left.
while it was breaking down and getting worse, it had a disgusting look and horrible smell. this symbolizes evil. something that isn't welcomed.
also when the pig head started breaking down, the author described the skull as a laughing face. evil never leaves and it also teases because it's so hard to get rid of.
i think that's what the pig head mainly was suppose to symbolize.
the evilness in every human that wil never go away once it sets in.
Posted by je12321 on May 17, 2012 at 3:17 AM (Answer #4)
The pig's head is an offering made by Jack's tribe to the beast. It represents the innate evil that all humans possess, and the fact that it usually overcomes any innate good we possess is symbolised by Simon's weakness (fainting, headaches) and death.
Also note how the pig's head is covered in flies. This connects it to the Lord of the Flies (the title) and we learn that the pig is the Lord of The Flies. This name is a direct translation of one of the names given to the Devil, Beelzebub. So this makes the head represent evil, darkness, the devil, etc.
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Posted by dtessa10 on July 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM (Answer #5)
it reprents evil and savagery within man
Posted by tonyz98 on August 22, 2012 at 1:27 AM (Answer #6)
or also the loss of innoccence
Posted by tonyz98 on August 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM (Answer #7)
it symbolizes evil. The pig's head talks to Simon because Simon is an innocent boy. The pig's head is not exactly talking to him. The lord of the flies is the evil conscious in Simon's head. This indicates that no matter how innocent a person is, there is always an evil consciousness that controls te actions of a person.
Posted by goanskygurl22 on October 1, 2012 at 5:01 AM (Answer #8)
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