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Lord of the Flies

            In the novel and film Lord of the Flies, Golding and Hook explore the nature of evil that is inherent in "man kind". However, Golding places much emphasis on certain symbols, characters and conflicts, in contrast to the film version.
             Therefore, the movie does not do justice to the novel. .
             Golding made a lot of importance in the conch. It represents a powerful symbol of civilization, control and order. It symbolized the authority on the island and when it was broken, it shows that the authority and respect in the island was gone. "They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority" (Golding, 61). This symbol shows a very strong belief that the boys had of being respectful to the rules at the beginning of the novel. Besides we can perceive the same kind of significance of the conch in the movie. "The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist" (Golding, 200) However, Hook does not make the exactly same importance of the conch as Golding does. As is showed in the quote he really emphasized mostly the destroying of this symbol, signifying the complete demise of the civilized instinct among almost all the boys on the island.
             On the other hand, Hook does show a lot of importance in the main characters. For example, Jack. In the novel he demonstrates a very evil behaviour. "Jack wrenched free and swung at Ralph with his spear." (Golding, 196) He became very savage like in a very short time and soon he was against Ralph and did his own group were he could be the chief. Both, Hook and Golding made a lot of emphasis on the character of Jack. "And the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification." (Golding, 19). We can see the jealousy burning him out, when Ralph is voted chief of the island. This very important character demonstrates his selfishness and self-interest throughout the novel.

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