When Ralph blows the shell to remind the boys of civilization, they throw rocks at him and, finally, civilization comes to an abrupt end when the shell is destroyed. They symbolize the exercise of intellect and science, since it is with them that the boys are able to start a fire.
Piggy’s glasses can also be seen as the window that views and recognizes good from evil.
In the novel, the stick and the skull (the physical manifestation of the Lord the Flies), is circumambulated by flies, signifying the worship of evil.
The Lord of the Flies states that he lives within all human beings.
However, as the fire grows dim, it reflects the attitude of the boys and their loss of morale.
The signal fire can also be viewed as the boys' link to the civilized world.
The signal fire can be viewed as a sign of hope - the hope the boys have to return to society.
When the flames dance brightly, it shows the enthusiasm they hold for the idea of being rescued.
is an ingenious work of literature in which the author, William Golding, explores the issues of civilization and savagery.
Throughout the novel, the author hides powerful messages in some very unlikely places, and Golding's use of this literary technique - symbolism - is the subject of this essay.