Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is the symbolic significance of the mountain? Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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The mountain allows the boys to maintain some semblance of contact with the outside world, a world they've inadvertently left behind. The top of the mountain provides the boys with a perspective on their new world and their previous one. Symbolically, the mountain represents the two elements of the human soul—the imminent and the transcendent.

The mountain, like all human beings, is a part of the natural world, but at the same time rises above it. During their sojourn on the island, the boys must make a choice as to which side of themselves they will express. Those such as Ralph aspire towards...

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The interpretation of the mountain's significance in "Lord of the Flies" is much simpler than the other symbolic representations in the book. The Mountain represents hope and truth. Hope in that they boys believe that by building a signal fire on top of the mountain, they will be rescued. Truth in that, like moses climbing the mountain to receive the truth of the ten commandments, Simon climbs the mountain to gain truth of the Beast. The mountain symbolizes truth also because in truth is knowledge. By utilizing their vantage point atop the mountain, the boys can see the "truth" of their environment and their situation.

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