Lord of the Flies: Flames of Determination

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Lord of the Flies: Flames of Determination


Being a part of a group of children having to adapt after being trapped on a island with
no surrounding civilization is an unimaginable situation. However, William Golding shows
just how terrifying it can be in his novel, Lord Of The Flies, by his use of symbols to
represent hardships. The main symbols, which best portrays characteristics are the fire
and the conch; symbols leadership and confidence.


Ralph feels the need to create a better place as he attempts to get everyone home.
Although he is demanding, Ralph shows that he has good ideas and can enforce what he
thinks should happen: "Shut up," said Ralph absently. He lifted the conch. "Seem to me we
ought to have a chief to decide things," (Golding, 22)." His forcefulness gains respect
and a confident response from the others. "Ralph smiled and held up the conch for
silence," (Golding, 23)." The conch is mentioned and revered as one of the symbols of such
power. As Ralph blows the conch, the others draw nearer, compelled to follow: "By the time
Ralph had finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded," (Golding32). Piggy,
however, was aware of the conch first, but Ralph was credited with its discovery and use.
When it was first found, Ralph thought it was a stone in the water but Piggy saw it as the
shell and explained what he knew about it:


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