What would a flag for "Lord of the Flies" need to represent?So i have this project for English and I'm reading the book " lord of the flies" by William Golding. I need to make/draw a flag that...

What would a flag for "Lord of the Flies" need to represent?

So i have this project for English and I'm reading the book " lord of the flies" by William Golding. I need to make/draw a flag that would represent it. Our class has read chapters one and two so far. I pretty much need a paticular meaning. Something the flag shows that has happened in the island.

Example: (united states flag): we got our flag colors, red, blue, white, becuase the colors red, white and blue were first used by the Continental Congress on the Great Seal of the United States.The American flag contains a blue background to symbolize vigilance, perseverance and justice, the qualities of a democratic government.

Thanks so much:)

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For a flag representing the island in the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, I would have a gold and a blue background ( to represent the sand and the bright blue waters of the tropical seas.) Then I would have something really simple but bold and impactful in the centre. as you have not read the rest of the novel yet I will not spoil it for you, by choosing something from the latter half of the book, but I guess you are getting pretty close to the bit where Piggy and Ralph find an object on the beach that seems to be noteworthy . Therefore, I would have a large conch shell in the middle, but have it broken in two to hint at the disorder and breakdowns that occur later in William Golding's account.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since some of the boys have fathers who are in the service and World War II is in progress, it seems that the boys would yet feel loyalty to their country, Australia.  So, most likely they would include the Union Jack, which is in the upper left corner of their country's flag, in a corner of their flag, too.  The tendency to retain the patiotic colors of blue, red, and white.

The Southern Cross Constellation, which is in the right portion of the flag represents the four moral virtues ascribed to the four main starts by Dante:  justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.  Rather than have this constellation, the boys may choose another and ascribe their own values to the stars....

kristenfusaro eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It depends on which character you are drawing from. If you are Ralph and Piggy, then I would certainly use the conch symbol, and perhaps a fire -- however, the key would be to make it linear, sophisticated, and orderly representing how they want to maintain civilization.

If was Jack's flag, I may leave it blank in defense that Jack would be against such structure as a flag. If you fear you're teacher would be unhappy with that, perhaps something pertaining to military guerilla warfare since one of his first acts was losing his robe.

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would also use blue as the background for the flag, but I would use it to represent the loyalty that the boys foster early in the novel.  In the beginning, they collectively agree that they need a sense of order and that they will all be loyal to this order.  I also agree with the suggestion in Post #3 of having the conch in the middle of the flag because it is the major symbol in the parts of the book that you have read so far.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I really like the idea of this assignment.  If I were designing a flag for the boys' island from the perspective of what they would want to include, the flag would incorporate blue for the ocean, green for the jungle, and maybe gold for the sand.  Two of the central elements of power on island were the conch and fire, so I would draw the conch in the middle, or upper lefthand corner, surrounded by flames.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No flag representing this island and these boys would be complete without fire--the gift of life, the cause of death, and the reason for rescue.  Anything else, such as the specs or the conch, would be appropriate, as would any of the colors of island life.  Perhaps some kind of crest, as well, since the boys all came from boarding schools before their crashing on the island.  Interesting assignment!

epollock | Student

You could have a background of white, green or blue, representing Middle Earth, the land, air, or water. Or you could have something that represents something of each of the characters in the fellowship of the ring. Maybe a collection of something that they consider to be valuable to them or representative of them and you could have those objects linked like Olympic rings. Or it could be something like a collection of stars or rings that represent the different places and peoples of Middle Earth. It could also be divided into three to five sections of the different types of people represented. It certainly sounds like a wonderful idea.

The other explanation of your question clarifies it to be Lord of the Flies. If that is the case, then you could have a background representing the island with something of each individual represented on the flag. It could be something personal that each boy has, or something of their name that could be represented on the flag.

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