Lord of the Flies – Allegory

An allegory is defined as a story in which symbols represent characters, objects, and actions. In the novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the characters, objects, and actions create an award-winning allegory. Some symbols are the conch shell, Piggy’s glasses, and the Lord of the Flies.

The first symbol that appeared in the novel was the conch shell. It was used to gather all of the boys, and it symbolized law and order. “The color of the conch was deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink” (Pg. 16). When Ralph blew in the conch, it made a low-toned noise that could be heard for miles. The power of the conch was used wisely by Ralph yet misused by Jack. When the conch was destroyed, law and order went with it. The conch was as fragile as their eternity.

Away from the conch, Piggy’s glasses were a very important symbol also. Piggy’s glasses played a big part in the fire, which is another symbol in the allegory but not mentioned in this essay. They were used to magnify the light of the sun and start the signal fire. Without the signal fire, the boys wouldn’t have any chance of being rescued. Equally important was cooking their food. Once the glasses were stolen from Piggy, they became dangerous; for example, Jack used them to start unnecessary fires. However and Ironically, Jack’s fire brought them back to Britain.

Moreover, the Lord of the Flies is a very spiritualistic symbol in contrast with the conch and Piggy’s glasses. The Lord of the Flies spoke of the truth to Simon yet acted as the devil. It was described as a sow’s head stuck upon a stick as well as stuck into a crease of the rocky mountain. The head symbolized evil and was relating to the Greek word “Beelzebub” which incited Satan. The Lord of the Flies was originally a gift to the beast but became a role model to insanity.

In conclusion, the conch shell, Piggy’s glasses, and the Lord of the Flies became important symbols throughout The Lord of the Flies. Without these symbols, the boys’ lives on the island would have been changed dramatically. This classic allegory represents one big metaphor of the current society.