Ch 3: Lord of the Flies Symbolism & Symbols

About This Chapter

The Symbolism & Symbols chapter of this Lord of the Flies Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the symbolism used in 'Lord of the Flies'. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts relevant to the symbolism of 'Lord of the Flies'.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Lord of the Flies symbolic material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the use of symbols in Lord of the Flies. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing symbols and symbolism associated with Lord of the Flies
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Lord of the Flies Symbolism & Symbols chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about symbolism in Lord of the Flies for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Major conflicts in Lord of the Flies
  • Significance of key objects and landscape features
  • Depictions of evil and savagery
  • Portrayal of civilization, power and leadership
  • Role of fear in the story
  • Loss of innocence as a symbolic element

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: Lord of the Flies Symbolism & Symbols
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Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

1. Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

This lesson explores some of the predominant uses of symbolism in William Golding's classic novel, Lord of the Flies. Symbols reinforce the author's theme by conveying messages to the reader. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses the island, the ocean, the conch shell, Piggy's glasses, and the Lord of the Flies as symbols.

The Conch in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

2. The Conch in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

This lesson is a summary and analysis of the function of the conch shell in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. We'll take a look at some relevant quotes and discuss the symbolism of leadership and order that the conch represents.

The Beast (Pig's Head) in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

3. The Beast (Pig's Head) in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

In 'Lord of the Flies', the beast is really just a fear of the dark in the younger boys. In this lesson, learn how the beast changes into a deity figure, then simply a symbol of the boys' darkness and brutality.

The Island in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

4. The Island in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

'Lord of the Flies' takes place on a desert island where a group of young boys have landed after a plane crash. This lesson details the layout of the island and its importance to the story.

Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies

5. Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies

Objects in literature can be more important than they might seem on the surface. They can serve as symbols. In this lesson, you will look at the importance and symbolism of Castle Rock in 'Lord of the Flies.'

The Scar in Lord of the Flies

6. The Scar in Lord of the Flies

This lesson provides an analysis of the scar in William Golding's The Lord of the Flies. We will discuss both the literal and figurative meaning of the scar. A short quiz follows.

Fire in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

7. Fire in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

Fire is the most important possession on the desert island in 'Lord of the Flies'. Read on to find out how the boys battle one another for such a valuable resource.

Fear in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

8. Fear in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

In 'Lord of the Flies,' fear is both prevalent and very important. In this lesson, we will look at quotes to learn about fear in the novel and what it represents.

Leadership in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

9. Leadership in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

There are a number of ways a person can be a leader. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different types of leadership in 'Lord of the Flies,' and see how leadership is represented by different characters.

Evil in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

10. Evil in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

In 'Lord of the Flies', by William Golding we are introduced to the evil that lies in all of us. He shows us what happens when humanity comes face to face with the urge for power and what happens when it wins out over reason.

Savagery in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

11. Savagery in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

This lesson will explore the thematic topic of savagery in ''Lord of the Flies'' and how it relates to the characters in the book. The primal instincts of fear, hunger, and sacrifice are what lead the boys to become savages in the novel.

Power in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

12. Power in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

Without power, none of the characters in 'Lord of the Flies' can hope to escape. This lesson discusses the different elements of power in their makeshift society. Watch this video to find out what this power is and who wields it.

Civilization in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

13. Civilization in Lord of the Flies: Analysis & Quotes

William Golding's 1954 masterpiece, 'Lord of the Flies,' describes schoolboys' descent into savagery. Golding suggests that civilization, like the presumed innocence of childhood, is nothing more than a foolish dream meant to cover humanity's innate brutality.

Loss of Innocence  in Lord of the Flies

14. Loss of Innocence in Lord of the Flies

In this lesson we explore the literary concept of Loss of Innocence and the way it is utilized in William Golding's classic novel, ''Lord of the Flies''. In the novel the loss of innocence is portrayed figuratively and literally for both the boys and the world(s) they inhabit.

Conflict in Lord of the Flies

15. Conflict in Lord of the Flies

In this lesson, learn what conflict is and how it's used in a novel. Sir William Golding uses four types of conflict in his well-known book, 'Lord of the Flies.' Read this lesson to learn more about each type of conflict and what it means.

Lord of the Flies Mask Project Ideas

16. Lord of the Flies Mask Project Ideas

Masks are key symbols in ''Lord of the Flies'', so they're a great way to engage with the story's themes. These projects can provide unique and creative ways for your class to utilize masks in studying this novel.

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