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What are some examples of figurative language in Ch. 10 of Lord of the Flies

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Symbolism:

Piggy's glasses and the conch are powerful symbols throughout the novel, which are depicted and discussed in chapter 10. The conch symbolizes civil society, democracy, and order. At the beginning of chapter 10, Ralph refuses to blow the conch and call an assembly because Jack and his hunters will not acknowledge the conch. The fact that Jack and his hunters will not obey the conch illustrates their level of savagery and contempt for civilization. Piggy's glasses symbolize intelligence, scientific thought, and rationality. At the end of chapter 10, Jack and his hunters steal Piggy's glasses, leaving Ralph's tribe intellectually helpless and out of rational options.

Allusion:

As Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric are contemplating their next move at their base camp, the boys begin hoping for a radio, plane, or boat. Ralph responds by saying, "We might get taken prisoner by the Reds" (Golding, 126). Ralph is alluding to the Soviet forces, who were the communist enemies of the British during the...

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