Lord of the Flies

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The Ocean Symbol Analysis

The Ocean Symbol Icon
The ocean symbolizes the unconscious, the thoughts and desires buried deep within all humans.
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The Ocean Symbol Timeline in Lord of the Flies

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Ocean appears in Lord of the Flies. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Human Nature Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
The Weak and the Strong Theme Icon
...the littleuns, Henry, wanders off, Roger follows him. Henry plays at the edge of the ocean, happily controlling the movements of the little animals living there. (full context)
Chapter 5
Human Nature Theme Icon
...Percival recovers his voice, he tells the other boys that the beast comes from the sea. This idea terrifies the boys. (full context)
Chapter 7
Human Nature Theme Icon
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
Spirituality and Religion Theme Icon
...his nails, and get cleaned up. Remembering his past in England, he stares at the ocean and thinks how big it is and how it separates the boys from civilization. Simon... (full context)
Chapter 12
Human Nature Theme Icon
Civilization Theme Icon
Savagery and the "Beast" Theme Icon
...emotion, turns to look at the more comforting sight of his warship anchored out at sea. (full context)