Explain how the symbols in the book create the tale?
Golding uses many symbols in Lord of the Files. Pick three of them and explain how he uses them to create his story.
Do you believe the only real beasts are those we create for ourselves? why or why not?
In the novel 'Lord Of The Flies' by William Golding, symbolism is present all the way through the story. Perhaps we should start with the title itself as that is at the very beginning of course. The name 'Lord of the Flies' goes back through ancient times in reference to many manifestations of personified evil (the devil, the evil one, Lucifer, Beelzebub,king of the darkness and lord of the underworld.) Some of these manifestations/fears/monster predate Christianity itself, perhaps suggesting that mankind has always recognised the difference between good and evil and is deeply afraid (but often enchanted by) the latter. Ancient peoples often took heads as trophies during battle, and 'heads will roll' was a familiar term up until fairly recent (Medieval/Roman) times. Humiliation of enemies was often underlined by placing heads on stakes for all to see - obviously these would attract flies eventually (symbols of death,corruption and decay - like the path the boys are travelling down, away from civilization.)
In "The Lord of the Flies" there are several symbols that are very specific. The first symbol is Simon. Simon is Christ like. He goes off to meditate. He is loving and good to the little children. He spends time alone and is a deep thinker. He is also the one who is sacrificed after the boys go into a frenzy doing their ritual dance. When his body is washed out to sea, it has a glow to it.
“Softly surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon’s dead body moved out towards open sea.”(154)
The Conch is a symbol. It represents the civilized world that has been left behind. Piggy tries to use it to establish rules and order. They are things that are left behind.
The Boar's head on the stick is another symbol. It represents the breaking away from the religions and belief's that the boys once had to a darker side. They have stepped into their savage side. The Lord of the flies represents the emerging of the beast within the boys.
The three symbols fit together to create the tale because the story is about good versus evil and how evil emerges within the boys once their civilized value system falls away.