Imagery in "Lord of the Flies" Analytical Essay by becau

Imagery in "Lord of the Flies"
Discusses William Golding's use of symbolism and imagery in his classic novel.
# 51470 | 1,083 words | 0 sources | 2003 | AU
Published on May 27, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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Symbolism and imagery play a big part in William Golding's novel, "Lord of the Flies", and much of the impact of the novel relies on the author's heavy, yet effective, use of it. This paper discusses several of the important symbols, including the beast, the fire, the painting of the boys' faces, Piggy's glasses, and the conch. Each of the symbols and/or imagery relates closely to the boys' behavior as a whole, the development of individual characters, and the important themes and messages that are evident throughout the novel.

From the Paper:

"As the island civilization deteriorates, the shell loses its power and influence among the boys. When Roger kills Piggy with the boulder and the shell is crushed, it signifies the complete demise of the civilized instinct among the boys on the island. Similarly, Piggy's glasses, the property of the most intelligent, rational member of the group, represent no t only civilization but science and its place amongst modern British society. This is most clearly demonstrated when Piggy's glasses are used to light the fire, making them a symbol of leadership, as the holder has the power to create fire, and also to destroy."

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