In "Lord of the Flies", can the symbol of creepers be symbolized as immunization? everybody hate's shot's just like in the begining of the book the kids hated the creepers. more towards the middle...

In "Lord of the Flies", can the symbol of creepers be symbolized as immunization?

everybody hate's shot's just like in the begining of the book the kids hated the creepers. more towards the middle the kids found it comforting for laying down on and resting. even tho we hate shots we know it's comforting in the long run. and towards the end of the book the kids needed it for survival (mainly ralph) because jack and his hunters were trying to kill ralph. we also need shot's fopr survival because without shots we can get chicken pocks and we can die from them. so i guess what im asking if what i said here right becuase im still not sure.

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Given the theme of the novel, the creepers probably probably represent serpents or snakes which are associated with the devil and evil. Snakes creep along and resemble the long tentacles of the plants which grab at the boys' legs. Since one of the themes of the novel is the evil which exists in mankind, the creepers seem to represent a symbol of that evil which is grabbing hold of the boys and slows their progress along the island just as the evil inside of the boys slows their progress towards forming some kind of civilized society. The sound of the word "creepers" is also a clue to its meaning. The word is very close to "creepy"--again something that suggests possible evil.

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