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Much symbolism is used in William Goldings Lord of the Flies The nature on the island is used as the primary source of symbolism There are three main uses of natures symbolism a pink conch shell a pigs head and fire Nature is a symbol that parallels to the real world It helps prove the authors theory that Humankind is foolish and evil in any situationThe first important part of natures symbolism is a pink conch shell At the beginning of the book it was found by Ralph 13 The conch shell represents power and authority Ralph uses it to call for the boys to come to the meeting 15 In the meetings whoever has the shell has the power to speak The conch shows how people use objects to give power like a king and his scepter and crown or other things which show who has power It is also evident that objects dont give power when people choose not to obey it like Ralphs conch The pigs head or Lord of the Flies is another important use of symbolism through nature Jack and his hunters killed a pig and cut off its head 125 To Jack the head is a sacrifice for the beast 127 This object demonstrates that people make religions and rituals to control their world even though what they think is not true Lord of the Flies is a symbol of the Devil or Satan When Simon communicated with Lord of the Flies he found out what real evil was which is the evil in the hearts of people The pigs head is a symbol of the thing we make up to be the cause for evil when those things arent the real reason Fire is the last symbol of nature It stands for hope and rescue When the fire was burning bright it was because the boys had hope and were working hard to get rescued When the fire
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