Lord of the Flies Practice Assessment

Describe at least one important object in the written text.
Explain why that object was important.

Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding and was published in 1954. It is a story of a group of boys aged 6 – 12 who have been evacuated from a nuclear war and are shot down on a deserted island without any adult supervision. They battle with many issues mainly how being alone without order brings the bad out of them

One if the most important objects would be the pig head known as “Lord of The Flies.” This is because of its symbolic meaning that the strange character known as Simon gives it. The pigs head itself was placed as a offering to the “beast” by jack and his hunters. Simon who is one of the oldest kids is an in-between of Ralph the rational leader and jack who is a ruthless savage. He is rational but also aware of the dangers of the island. his connection with nature is the reason he first sees the ‘Lord of The Flies’ while on one of his journeys into the jungle. unaware of jack and his hunters placing the head he comes across it and has a hallucination. his subconscious uses the pigs head to tell him what he already knows but wont accept.

The Lord of The Flies symbolizes the beast that the boys had been hunting all along “And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”  The ‘Lord of The Flies’ says this to Simon in chapter 8 which confirm his thoughts in chapter 5. “What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us.” Simon urgent to end the fear says that the beast may only be them. The Lord of The Flies say that this evil they have been hunting all this time has been right in front of them, it is the center of their destructive nature and savage human instincts inside them. it talks about how this evil human instinct is deep inside all of us, its what causes us to hold ourselves back from greatness. on a global scale, the evil is what causes the mass murder in war and stops everyone working together. The boys are the evil and they have been fearing themselves all along. not some snake in the jungle. it also explains why they were never able to see the ‘Beast’. It was inside them all along

Simon describe the pigs head to be swarming with flies with a dark abyss of black inside its mouth. The flies on the outside just show that the pigs head is just decaying but it symbolizes that we all have the potential to have a stinking evil come out and attract all that is bad. the blackness of the mouth shows that inside us we have a darkness to us, even if it is not shown on the outside it always there and waiting.


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