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

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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