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The boy's attitude to the conch changes throughout the book. Gradually, they begin to realize that there really are no grown-ups

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GCSE English Coursework 2005 Read from "They set off along the beach in formation" to the end of Chapter Eleven ("Castle Rock"). What does this passage reveal about the boys' attitude to the conch and the change in behavior through the novel? By Paras Patel Candidate Number - 4310 The boy's attitude to the conch changes throughout the book. Gradually, they begin to realize that there really are no grown-ups, and therefore they can make their own rules up. The conch begins to lose its symbol of authority and when the group becomes spilt into two parts, it does not play any part in their test for survival on the deserted island. The boys' behavior changes throughout the novel as well. At the start of the novel, they were all respecting each other and working as a group, whereas now in Chapter Eleven, they have all become savages apart from Piggy, Ralph and the twins (Sam and Eric). It is basically a fight for survival for these four boys against the rest of the group (Jack's group). Jack is the main cause for the change in behavior and the boy's attitude to the conch. ...read more.

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I suppose one can say that he has become slightly more savage in the ay he talks, but that is all. He only participates in one of the many hunts, and even in this hunt, he does not really enjoy it. So Ralph is one of the boys who remains focused in getting off the island and acting as a true a leader. His attitude is typical of a model adult, except he does not have as much intelligence as an adult obviously. He finds a way to portray Piggy's clever views and therefore he gains respect from Sam and Eric. Ralph is always the person to reason with the "tribe" but most of the time it degenerates into violence, where someone comes close to getting killed. Throughout the novel, until his death, Piggy believes in the conch and he respects thoroughly. Piggy is always dependant on Ralph, and he needs Ralph's protection because he is weak in a physical sense, but very strong in his intelligence. He Piggy tries to reason with the tribe as well, but he is not as effective as Ralph because the tribe know they are stronger than him, so they simply jus tell him to shut up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Simon is the parallel to Jesus in this novel. He is always the "thinker", and even at the end, he is "washed" away so this could mean that he was cleansed. All the "little'uns" bring out the idea of the "beastie", which as we know was only a parachutist. The power of suggestion means that the idea gets into their minds. They also have faith in Ralph at the start, but this faith rapidly deteriorated when they joined Jack's tribe. The power of suggestion means that the idea gets into their minds. Sam and Eric follow the conch and also they haven't lost sight of being rescued yet. Sam and Eric stick to Ralph; however they are forced to join Jack when they are grabbed. Even when they are grabbed buy Jack, they still stick to humanity. They still follow the rules for civilization, human rights etc. their attitude toward Ralph is positive and they always look up to him, even when they have joined the savages, they don't lose their minds but stick to humanity. They are more thoughtful and sensible than the others. So their behavior doses not change or their attitude towards the conch because earlier in the novel, they respected the conch and were behaving normally, and now they are still have them same approach. ...read more.

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