Lord Of The Flies Symbolism Essay

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One of the most important themes running through the whole story in Lord of the Flies by William Golding is the power of different symbols. Golding frequently uses symbolism, which is the practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning. The main point of each symbol is its use and its effect on each of the characters. They help shape who the characters are and what they will be. The symbols weave their way throughout the story and are more powerful than they first seem. Two boys from similar upbringings can both be so drastically different when put in difficult situations and given things to make them wield power among others. Spitz says, “But his desire for many controls did not, of course, extend to controls…show more content…
These glasses are very symbolic. They don’t just represent Piggy, but all the boys and how they must survive on the island although they do not realize its importance yet. When Piggy first came to the island, his glasses were spotless and perfect with no damage, just like the boys were. Each one came to the island as someone else and left completely changed. They represent intelligence and intellectual pursuit. Piggy is probably the brightest of the stranded boys on the island in Lord of the Flies, and his glasses help to set him apart from the others. He’s symbolized as a grown-up figure that has common sense. He is the most rational boy in the group; making his glasses also symbolize logical reasoning within society. But he was completely disrespected as Jacks says in the novel, “ ‘you’re talking too much fatty.’ ” (Golding 18) The glasses don’t just represent Piggy and what he stands for, but for everyone else as…show more content…
Similar to real life we have symbols that signify power, and Washington D.C. is a good example of that. Wiebenson goes into great detail about the power of symbols on Pennsylvania Avenue, “These few examples show more than the power of symbols which encourage a citizenry to respect its government. They also demonstrate the growing strength of local interests and the intent to have the city symbolize that residents are also people. The battles recorded here show that national symbols still have great power.” (Wiebenson 20) He believes that the power of symbols is not only about respecting its government but how each symbol demonstrates the growing strength of the people in it. Although there are no major buildings in the novel, the conch shell, Piggy’s glasses and the fire show how symbols wield different amounts and kinds of power. When each is destroyed there is a weakening in the power one can get from them. The use of symbols is crucial to this novel, thus, William Golding helps shows us that an object is so much more powerful than it may first
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