Tom: On page 12, the quote “He came forward, searching out safe lodgements for his feet, and then looked up through thick spectacles.” wouldn’t make you think this is such an important detail, but because of their symbolism in this case it is. One thing that his “specs” symbolize is the intelligence within the group of boys. We can notice that Piggy is the only boy in the group who needs to wear glasses similarly he also seems to be the one who has all the good ideas although he is not always given credit for them.Card: The glasses are symbolic of hope. Piggy's specs are what the boys use to light their signal fire, and without the fire, there is no hope for them of ever being rescued. Thus, the only hope the boys have to be saved is in Piggy's lenses, and even the glasses themselves hold within them that same hope of leaving the island. Their lives and future hinge on keeping that fire going through the help of the specs.Card: The fate of these spectacles mirrors the fate of the boys during their descent into savagery. During the confrontation between Jack and Ralph atop the mountain, after a ship had passed when the fire was out, fighting ensues, and one of Piggy's lenses is shattered. This simple act of destruction symbolized the shattering of decency and civilized actions.Tom: Piggy’s glasses are also used to symbolize his weakness that allows the boys to pick on him so frequently. He stands out for being the only one to wear glasses (not to mention his weight and his asthma) not that there’s any excuse for picking on him for those reasons but for the boys that’s a good enough reason.
Adam: Welcome to our presentation on symbolism in ‘Lord of the Flies’ In ‘The lord of the flies’ there is a imaginary beast that frightens all the boys, this stands for the savagery that exists within them all.Scott: The boys are afraid of the beast, but only Simon understands that they fear the beast because it exists within each of them.As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the beast grows stronger. By the end of the novel, the boys are leaving it sacrifices and treating it as a totemic god. The boys’ behaviour is what brings the beast into existence, so the more savagely the boys act, the more real the beast seems to become.Adam: Simon Symbolises the Beast, he acts as a symbol of the evil.Simon also symbolises Satan. When Simon has a fit, the beast says to him, “I’m the beast.” When Ralph smashes the skull, he only widens its smile, “now six feet across” as it lies “grinning at the sky.” His thing just won’t die, and it torments Ralph so much because it “knows all the answers and won’t tell.”Scott: But while the beast is in fact literally a man, that’s not what Simon means when he says that it is “only us.” He’s talking about the beast being the darkness that is inside each and every one of us. If this is true, then, as the Lord of the Flies later suggests, it is absurd to think that the beast is something “you could hunt and kill.” If it’s inside all of us, not only can’t we hunt it, but we can never see it, never give it form, and never defeat it.Adam: Here are some useful quotes; There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. 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 its no go? Why things are the way they are.The half shut eyes were dimmed with infinite cynicism of adult life. They assured Simon that everything was a bad business.Scott: Thank you