And even though the other boys put him down due to his physical appearance, we come to learn how necessary he is on the island as a source of intelligence and insight. His clever ideas introduce important concepts to the rest of the boys. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, though, the prophet told his people nothing; he realized what they had already become, and he dared not tell them because he knew they would turn against him After the conch is crashed along with his body, the boys divide themselves representing the loss of the civilized instinct once present in each and every boy.
Their entire lives in the other world, the boys had been moderated by rules set by society against physical aggression. With no adult supervision or civilization the boys descend back into the madness and savagery that is human nature.
Lord of the Flies would be a different story without symbols.
It is an exploration of the break down of society in the absence of rules and regulations