know that there comes great power with this technology (Golding, Pg. 40). Golding shows us just how powerful and influential these glasses are with the savage raid that Jack sets upon Ralphwhilst stealing the glasses, edging at how humanity has always and still does fight savagely forthe power that technology and science bestows
for the upper hand.
Leaving Ralph’s group
helpless, the stealing of the
dangled broken glasses
symbolizes the theft of unity, brotherhood,and order within the boys (Golding, Pg. 186). The glasses are an excellent example of power,science and technology that Golding symbolizes throughout this novel.Golding uses the characters themselves to represent all aspects of a state. First, we haveRalph representing order, leadership, and civilization. Then, we have Piggy representing thescientific and intellectual aspects of civilization
, “Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up” (Golding, Pg. 200)
. After that, we have Simon representing natural humangoodness. Next, we have Jack representing unbridled s
avagery and the desire for power, “Thereisn’t a tribe for you anymore! I’m Chief
” (Golding, Pg.
201). Last, we have Roger representingbrutality and bloodlust to the most extreme
, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment,leaning all his weight on the lever,” killing Piggy almost instantly with “the
(Golding, Pg. 200). We have characters symbolizing all aspects of a civilization so much so thateven
the boys’ society resembles a political state with the older children as the ruling classes and
political leaders and the younger children as the common people.Symbolism makes up a key aspect of many successful and well-written novels, just as itdoes in
Lord of the Flies
the conch and Piggy’s glasses,
to even the characters themselvesand more, there is an abundant amount of symbolism that William Golding effectively displaysthroughout this novel.
Through Golding’s unique use of symbolism show
n through the actionsof supposedly innocent children he expresses and reminds the readers that corruption may occur