The conch shell in "Lord of the Flies" symbolizes order, structure, community and civilization. Initially, the boys use the shell to call and alert each other. This shows that they desire and need to remain together, in ... More »

The exact meaning of the fly varies among different cultures, but the fly is often symbolic with death, rotting, pestilence and upcoming change. In nature, flies are decomposers and feed on dead, decaying animals, fecal ... More »

The triquetra, or trinity knot, holds several meanings, but most refer to the interconnectedness of three separate entities. Christians believe that the three points represent the Holy Trinity, and pagans believe that th... More »

The Lord of the Flies, or the beast, is a metaphor of the natural chaos that exists within human nature. The transition from boyhood into adulthood includes the conversion of that chaos into a desire for order, in most c... More »

A literary device used in the novel "Lord of the Flies" is allegory. The characters and setting that feature in the novel are used by the author, William Golding, to represent the universal theme of the conflict between ... More »

Chapters one and two of the "Lord of the Flies" concentrate primarily on introducing the reader to the characters and touching on their organization and conflict. The novel was written by English author William Golding a... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

The mountain in "Lord of the Flies" symbolizes hope and truth, according to Enotes. By reaching the top of the mountain, the boys gain hope of surviving their situation and realize truth of what the island is as new info... More »