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Symbolism gives a novel a deeper level of meaning and a stronger emotional effectlord of the flies is a novel extremely rich with symbols that give it a literary value One of the most important of these symbols is the conch It comes to stand for authoritydemocracy and civilized behaviourPiggy is the one who always reminds the boys about the authority of the conchwhile jack is the one who often violates this rule and belittles what this conch represents Eventually this conch was destroyed and scatterred to pieces with the cruel unhumanly death of piggythis comes to mean the end of all civilized signs and life on the island Another symbol is the fireApart from being used in their cooking it is a symbol of hope and rescueRelevantly at the end it is actually the fire blazing all over the island that attracts the passing shipHowever the first fire can also be described as a symbol of destructionwhen it was lighted at the begininng on the mountain top with the purpose to produce smoke to attract the source of rescueit gradually spread and pervaded the forest causing the death of the little boy with the birthmark on his cheekfinally in the last chapter the whole island along with its contains of fruit trees and beautiful nature is destroyed by the fire Also symbolic is the sows head which represents evilThe lord of ther flies is symbolic of the surfacing through of the dormant evil inside the human heartActually the whole novels deals with the age-old battle between good and evil inside the human heart The island itself can be a double symbol of both paradise and hell supported by the painted faces of the boys and their mock hunts which strengthen the hell factor of the island with its primitivism and savagery
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