“The Lord of Flies” as an Allegory


Is it true that “The Lord of the Flies an allegory? If yes then how?



Yeah, you can read The Lord of the Flies as a good example of an allegorical story. As you know allegory is a narrative with symbolic meaning, where setting and character represent other things such as political systems, philosophical viewpoints and religious figures, etc. Let us find it in this novel:


  • Island stands for whole world
  • Ralph’s conch-led Parliament symbolizes democratic government
  • Piggy is symbolizes forces of rationalism, intellect and science
  • Tribalism of Jack is symbolic of autocratic government
  • Simon symbolizes natural morality
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