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All of man will destroy itself Proving this is William Goldings purpose in writing The Lord of the Flies a story about a group of boys stranded on a deserted island When the boys priorities clash a war breaks out between protagonist Ralph and shortsighted antagonist Jack who instead of being rescued would rather hunt The fight for power between them soon turns to violence Golding uses these boys as a scaled down model of what the world is like at war Golding uses symbolism diction and allegory in The Lord of the Flies to prove that man not natural causes will lead to his own demise Symbolism is the most prevalent supporter of Goldings purpose in The Lord of the Flies The character of The lord of the Flies which is actually only a pigs head impaled on a stick sharpened at both ends is representative of the devil as shown in the quote The Lord of the Flies is a translation of the Hebrew Beelzebubsuggested name for the devil Golding 205 This quote coming from the notes section in the back of the text gives a good example of symbolism in directly stating the name of the character and title of the book are actually a name for the devil Another character in the book is Simon the opposite of the pigs head he is the Christ figure in the book Simon an embryo mysticfights with all his feeble power against the message ofthe human capacities for evilthe knowledge of the end of innocence Golding 207 Christs realization of sins power drove him to death The same is true for Simon The Lord of the Flies opens Simons eyes to the flaw of human immorality and this leads to Simons death Another powerful symbol in The Lord of the Flies is the conch The conch is actually only a large shell that when blown into makes a loud noise but what it represents
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