Question:
Describe at least one important object in the written text. Explain why that object was important.

Quotes:

  • “just an ignorant, silly little boy”
  • “something you could hunt and kill!”
  • “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?”
  • “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the beast…. Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!”
  • “Ralph finished his inspection and looked up into the sky. The sky, as if in sympathy with the great changes among them, was different to-day and so misty that in some places the hot air seemed white. The disk of the sun was dull silver as though it was nearer and not so hot, yet the air stifled.”
  •  Lord of the Flies is merely a “Pig’s head on a stick.” 

    Analysis:
    In the book ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, the Pig head is a strong symbol representing many area’s of interest in the text. These area’s of the text include, the Pig representing the devil, a monster, ‘the beast’. The Pig head also represents the fear within the boys of the island. Firstly Pig head is an important symbol as it is in the title of the book. When Simon initially sees the pig head flies begin to swarm it and therefore Simon gives it the title ‘Lord of the Flies’. This is an obvious importance in the book as for it to be the title of the book generally it would hold some importance to the book. Another reason for the significance of the Pig head is that it represents fear in the boys. Throughout the book of ‘Lord of the Flies’ this idea of ‘the beast’ has constantly been introduced. This ‘beast’ is a representation of the fear inside the boys of the island, as there is no physical presence of the ‘beast’.  This fear has been introduced throughout most of the book and is displayed through the anxiety of the boys toward ‘the beast’. An example of this is when the dead parachuter floats into the mountain side into a patch of blue flowers at night, with his parachute dragging him up the mountain. The boys of the island do not recognise the parachuter as a parachuter but as ‘the beast’ instead. This image of the parachuter is driven by the fear they have accumulated.

The Pig head is a also symbolising the evil within the boys of the island.

 

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  1. I would encourage you to explore more than one object if you’re going to explore the symbolism in Lord of the Flies.

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