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MonkeyNotes-Lord of the Flies by William Golding-Free Booknotes Summary
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SYMBOLISM

The novel is full of colorful symbolism. Some of the symbols are interpreted below:

The Island - It represents a Garden of Eden, then after the boys arrive, it represents the corrupt nature of mankind.

The Naval Officer - represents the present generation of evil.

The Big Boys - represents the next emerging generation of evil.

The Little Boys - represents the following generation of evil.


The plane crash - represents the failure or breakdown of society in the world outside.

The scar in the forest - represents the encroachment of destruction and corruption on the formerly peaceful and undisturbed tropical island.

Piggy's eyeglasses - represents wisdom and knowledge.

The conch shell - represents civilization and authority. It is also a symbol of democracy.

The signal fire - represents hope and salvation; rescue.

The death of Piggy and the destruction of the conch - represents the absolute breakdown of society and reason.

The logs where Jack and Ralph sit - represents thrones of authority; power.

Sticks made into spears - represent masculine aggression and war. They are a phallic representation of male strength.

The pig's head on the spear - represents evil/Satan/darkness.

The killing of the first pig - represents the original sin.

The dead man in the parachute - represents the beast

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