• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the role of the conch in the novel 'Lord of the Flies'.

Extracts from this document...


Discuss the role of the conch in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' 'Something creamy lay among the ferny weed.' This is when the conch is fist mentioned in the novel. The conch is a shell that is 'deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink.' Piggy and Ralph find the conch whilst walking down the beach. Piggy seems really enthusiastic about the conch and how it could benefit all the boys on the island. Ralph on the other hand thinks as it as a 'worthy plaything.' They eventually use it to call the other boys for a meeting or an assembly. ...read more.


He seems to be warning the boys that they cannot depend on the conch and what it stands for alone if they are to survive on the island long. Piggy becomes closely linked with the conch because he represents intelligence and discipline in the group. The conch is shattered and Piggy is knocked off the cliff onto a square rock 40 feet below, like a sacrifice it is extremely important that he dies at the same time as the conch is destroyed as it shows that all the hope stability and reasonably civilized existence is lost in those few moments. ...read more.


'I'm chief,' said Ralph...And I've got the conch-' as we see the boys and Jack ignore Ralph whilst he is speaking with the conch. The skull if left on the island after the conch has been destroyed. 'There was the fathom-wide grin of the skull,' the skull represents savagery and evil through it's the only white thing left on the island as a symbol. The reason we can see it shows the rapid decline into savagery is the way Golding describes the skull as having a 'fathom-wide' grin that portrays incessant. This brings the life on the island into destruction. So as we can see the conch plays a very important role in the novel. It represents our civilization, law and order today. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. The Significance Of The Conch

    Ralph waves it when he wants to talk, and everyone is quiet. This shows that, at first, all the boys think that the conch is a symbol of authority, and they must obey it. However, later on, on p49, there is a significant stage, when the build up to the first death is encountered.

  2. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    Afterward, when Jack suggests killing a littlun in place of a pig, the group laughs. Probably none of them (except possibly Jack and Roger) would go so far as to actually initiate such a plan, but instead of being horrified at the possibility, they find it titillating.

  1. Jack's role in Lord of the Flies

    He also believes that he should be proclaimed the leader of the group without voting, because in his opinion, no-one has the right to be in control of him. This is because he is a natural leader, and has never been in a position without control.

  2. Original Course work – Urban Myths

    she said with a smile. The others just looked at her. Kerry looked as though she was about to cry. "Oh sorry, I forgot about this morning," she answered cheerfully. Kerry's chair scraped back as she got up to go. She pulled her bag onto her shoulder and left without saying a word.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work