The Lord of the Flies
William Golding uses much symbolism in his novel, The Lord of the Flies, to help readers gain a greater
understanding of his message. He uses symbolism in three important areas: objects that have symbolic
value as references to ideas, characters that symbolize important historical and religious people, and the
setting which frames the conflicts on the island in comparison to the whole world. Objects are the first
part of the story that are symbolic.
Many objects in The Lord of the Flies have important symbolic value. The conch shell represents
power and authority, and Ralph uses it to call for the boys to come to meetings. Whoever has the shell
has the power to talk. The conch shows how people use objects to give power, like a crown, sceptre,
or other thins that show who has power. We also learn that objects don’t really give power when
people choose not to obey it, like Ralph’s conch. The pig’s head, or Lord of the Flies, is an importa...