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Lord of the Flies as an Allegory The Lord of the Flies if read at face value can be interpreted as short book about the struggle to survive on a deserted island and its physical and psychological impacts on its inhabitants But when the reader looks deeper they see a novel that is an allegory that is filled with rich and detailed symbolism in almost all aspects of the book An allegory is defined a type of writing that presents abstract ideas or moral principals in the form of symbolic characters events or objects The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature Golding 204 The novel begins as our protagonist wanders along the beach Ralph represents leadership order and civilization for the island He uses his power for the good of the people especially to protect the littluns The littluns represent the people ruled by a government In their case the bigguns the older boys take advantage of the little boys and soon neglect them entirely As the conch was blown A deep harsh note boomed under the palms spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink granite of the mountain Golding 17 Giving off a mighty sound the conch also possessed the qualities of authority unity and power When the society is formed the boy who holds the conch is the only one allowed to speak Jack first instituted this when he said Ill give the conch to the next person to speak Golding 33 As the story progresses the conch looses its power and influence over the children and is eventually crushed when Piggy is trampled by a boulder This marks the end of any democratic and civilized society on the island Piggy represents intelligence and mortality He acts with reason like a grownup would in his situation Besides acting like a parent figure Piggy also provides leadership
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