Lord of the Flies Analysis
- Lord of the Flies has often been interpreted as an allegory of the modern world, where the island represents the world, Ralph's parliament represents democratic government, and Jack's savage tribe represents autocratic government. Jack's victory over Ralph suggests that human nature eventually devolves into savagery.
- Ralph's conch is a symbol of democracy, power, and fairness. The schoolboys collectively give the conch great significance when they impose the "rule of the conch," which states that no one can speak in meetings unless he's holding the conch.
- William Golding drew the title of Lord of the Flies from Simon's name for the severed pig head, which is surrounded by flies. This title emphasizes the violence and the savagery into which the boys descend in the course of the novel.