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The Lord of the Flies contains many examples of symbolism which Golding has incorporated to show a deeper level to the main mostly straight forward storyline that revels his thoughts on the nature of humanity and evil The use of object symbolism develops the structure and meaning of the novel The symbolic meanings of certain items in the novel provide a degree of certainty of what the theme pertains to The entire book is symbolic of the nature of man and society in general as the island becomes a society metaphorical to society as a whole and the hunt at the end of the book symbolic of the war A symbol Golding uses throughout the book is the conch It represents authority and order The person holding the conch had the power and it created order and rules since when it was called everyone had to listen Another symbol is Piggys glasses It symbolized knowledge and insight While Piggy had them he was able to give advice to the group such as that of the signal fire It was the glasses that created the fire However after the glasses are broken the group loses what insight they had The war paint is also a symbol It symbolized the rejection of society In a way when they put on the mask of war paint they took off the mask of society and revealed their true inner selves which was savage In Lord of the Flies an airplane with boys crashes on a deserted island Ralph and Piggy discover the conch shell on the beach at the start of the novel and use it to summon the boys together after the crash separates them Used in this capacity the conch shell becomes a powerful symbol of civilization and order in the novel The shell effectively governs the boys meetings for the boy who holds the shell holds the right to speak In this regard the shell
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