SpineOut : December 2014
Lord of the flies The conch: The call of the conch shell unifies the boys at the start of the novel – it becomes representative of civilisation & order. (It’d be awkward if someone ... broke it). The beast: The beast is symbolic of the inherent fear & savage instinct inside every human – as the belief in the beast becomes stronger, the boys become more savage. The signal fire: Symbolises the boys’ will to be rescued and their last link to civilisation. When the fire burns brightly, the boys are at their most civilised, but when they neglect the fire and it dies down, bad things happen in the darkness ... Order vs. savagery: Ralph maintains that the boys must be disciplined & civil if they are to survive. Jack represents the opposite of this: the animalistic violence & savagery in all of us (we told you he was crazy). Power: The boys initially vote in favour of Ralph, but how much power does this actually give him? How quickly will he be overrun if he upsets the group he’s trying to lead? Should there have been only one leader in the first place? Symbols + Themes ‘Simon Stumbles into Trouble’ This short Claymation shows the character of Simon realising that the beast is in the boys’ imagination and is, most probably, the remains of the pilot. Simon returns to the group with this news but is mistakenly taken as the beast and is set upon.
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