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Symbolism in Lord of The Flies by William Golding Schizophrenics According to William Golding all humans are to some degree schizophrenic This is the image he tries to present in his bleak novel Lord of The Flies in an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature In order to complete this task he uses fire to symbolize the id and superego in humans Fire in this thought-provoking novel represents hope and evil It shows that there can be two conflicting traits in a person whether it be civility and savagery or from a broader point of view id and superego Golding presents this two-sided internal war with explicit descriptions of fire such as On one side the air was cool but on the other the fire thrust out a savage arm of heat 41 The savageryid is represented by the savage heat and the civilitysuperego is represented by the cool air By conflicting these two opposites Golding makes it obvious to the reader that he is not merely describing a fire he is describing human nature He is describing that internal conflict of good and bad He is describing that little imaginary angel with a halo fighting that little imaginary devil complete with horns a trident and a spiked tail He makes this obvious throughout the whole book Golding also tries to point out that if it was not for this conflict between id and superego then all humans would be bad He uses Ralph in one scene to show this Ralph sees a ship and is convinced that they will see the fire and stop at the island But the fire is out and Ralphs id takes over without the battling superego The fire was dead Ralph reached inside himself for the worst word he knew They let the bloody fire go out Ralph clenched his fist and went very red 67-68 With the fire dead
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