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Ian Czerkis 1/11/18Honors Language Arts 9Mrs. Millard 2nd HourSymbols: A Gateway to ThemeWhen people travel outdoors, they use a water filter so they can drink purified water. Although the traveler thinks they’re dependent on the filter for clean water, they are actually dependent on the water for survival. Just like the travelers, Ralph and the other boys were dependent on nature, but credited the object that allowed them to access that necessity. Through the utilization of symbols, Golding portrays the theme, man is dependent on nature, although he often disregards it, which has dire consequences, in Lord of the Flies. The first symbol, the scar, denotes the dire consequences of the plane crash. When the plane crashed “The ground beneath them was covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees,” (Golding 9). The crash site had left the island damaged because of the ripped up grass and knocked over trees. Before the crash, the trees and grass flourished, but after the crash, they were ripped up from the ground and left to die. Before the storm had finished unleashing its wrath upon the island, “The storm dragged the plane out to sea,” (Golding 8). The plane out at sea causes great harm to aquatic life in the circumventing areas. The loose parts and fires on the plane could pollute the water. This pollution could kill sea creatures and wipe out entire oceanic ecosystems. These ecosystems sustained pigs, fruit, and clean water, all of which the boys depended on to live. In conclusion, the damage to the environment is portrayed by the symbol, the scar.Another symbol that describes the destruction of the environment and the disregard for the bitter consequences, is the spear. After the boys gather into a clearing they open fire on a pig: “At a range of only 10 yards, the wooden spears flew toward the chosen pig,” (Golding 122). In the clearing, there was a family of sows. The family consisted of a mother and many children. The boys chose the biggest one, the mother, to kill for their meal. Their assassination of the mother left the piglets unprotected, unfed and in danger. The boys were only focused on bringing home dinner, and they weren’t focused on protecting the environment and its dwellers. Their first hunting attempt was an unintentional act of cruelty: “We wounded a pig and the spear fell out,” (Golding 47). The boys were inconsiderate of the consequences of their unsuccessful hunting trip. Their boorish behavior was harmful to the environment because they caused the pig to become handicapped. The injury may have prevented the pig from hunting, or even walking, and therefore it would most likely die. Although it may have seemed brutal at the time, the boys were dependent on the pig for food. The spear was the gateway to inheriting food. To conclude, the spear symbolizes how man is dependent on nature, but is apathetic about that dependence. The final symbol, Piggy’s glasses, essential for creating fire, a necessity for life. Although the boys were dependent on fire, they often left it unattended and it became ungovernable, which had astringent consequences: “Piggy’s specs! If the fire’s all out we’ll need them,” shouts Ralph as the smoke disappears from the mountain. (Golding 61). The boys relied on the glasses for fire. Without fire, they had a lesser chance of being rescued, because a passing ship would not know of their estrangement on the island. Therefore, the boys needed to maintain the signal fire. Their dependence on the most sophisticated piece of technology on the island also had consequences: “The fire reached coconut palms by the beach and swallowed them noisily…The sky was black,” (Golding 183). During Jack’s pursuit of Ralph, the fire is left unattended and becomes out of control. Once unmanageable, the fire destroys the entire island. After the fire had carpeted the island, the smoke started polluting the atmosphere. Despite their reckless abuse of Piggy’s specs, the boys were very dependent on them for fire. The theme, man is dependent on nature, but often disregards it, which has dire consequences is delineated by Golding’s use of symbols in Lord of The Flies. Throughout the story, Ralph and the other boys are dependent on their ecosystem for water, spears for meat, and glasses for fire. Although they believed themselves to be dependent on the gateway to those necessities, they were actually reliant on the necessities themselves, water meat and fire. Works Cited:Golding, William. Lord of The Flies. Faber and Faber, 1954.

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