Lord Of The Flies Symbolism

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It is primates’ nature to establish dominance. Power is the ability to have authority and control. This supremacy can alter people’s attitude either negatively or positively. One would imagine English boys displaying etiquette. However when these boys are taken from their English civilization and put into the wild, their animalistic impulses are unveiled as they each vie for power. In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding portrays the idea that when given power, one can be consumed by a controlling attitude. This is revealed when Ralph and Jack face the ultimate battle, man versus man. Golding symbolizes this attitude through the conch, the signal fire, the Lord of the Flies, and the portrayal of Piggy’s death.
The boys use the conch shell as a way to establish their power on the island; supremacy is given to anyone holding the conch at that particular time. Ralph and Piggy find the conch in the beginning of the novel, and this conch brings everyone together on the island. The conch is a symbol of civilization and authority. It helps guide the boys to come together as one. Although each of the choir boys used the conch as a way of respect and supremacy, anyone who wanted to talk or hold the conch at the moment, quickly becomes useless because each boy wants power for themselves. They began to realize that at a certain point, it is everyman for themselves, initiating survival of the fittest. As the boys were scattered, they were not able to find the pilot, who had crashed on the island with them.
The boys on the island began to elect who should be the chief. The choir boys nominate a boy name Jack. The number of votes for Ralph outnumbered the votes for Jack, so Ralph is elected Chief. James Gindin notes that Ralph is a “F...

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...hen they are being rescued. Both Ralph and Jack, show their true characteristics as they are being rescued.
Golding unveils the leadership characteristics that Ralph and Jack portray. Ralph has the sense of having responsibility and Jack has a sense of being a savage. Morality has imposed on children by their own society. When society is not there to guide and regulate rules to the children, they become primitive. In the beginning of the novel, these English boys come from a well-developed civilized society, and when they are taken out from their society, their animalistic instincts are divulged. As the story progressed, the boys try to maintain their own civilized society, but they try to vie power for themselves. Ultimately, through the use of conflict and symbolism, William Golding proves that when given power, one can be consumed by a controlling attitude.

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