Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Analyze the Lord of the Flies (the pig's head on a stick) as a symbol in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies

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"The Lord of the Flies" is another name for Beelzebub, or the devil. Thus, the pig's head with flies around it symbolically represents the force of evil that exists in all men.


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The Lord of the Flies is the name of the severed pig's head that Jack places on a sharpened stick as a sacrifice to the beast. In chapter 8, Simon visits his secluded spot in the forest where he discovers the ominous severed pig's head in the middle of the clearing. Golding describes the Lord of the Flies as a menacing pig's head covered in black iridescent flies that seems to have an unsettling grin.

When Simon stares at the Lord of the Flies, he experiences auditory hallucinations as the severed pig's head begins to speak to him. The Lord of the Flies confirms Simon's belief that the beast is not a tangible creature which can be killed and warns him about interrupting the boys' "fun" on the island. The Lord of the Flies also informs Simon that there is nothing he can do to stop the...

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