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The Conch - "Lord of the Flies"In William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" he uses a lot of symbolism. The

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The Conch - "Lord of the Flies" In William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" he uses a lot of symbolism. The entire book is microcosm to the real world, as the novel is set at the time when World War II was going on and on the island there is a hunt at the end of the book symbolic of the war. A symbol Golding uses throughout the book is the conch. It represents authority and order. The person holding the conch had the power, and it created order and rules since when it was called, everyone had to listen and order is displayed by the meetings or gatherings that it's used to call and hold. In this essay I will be explaining how William Golding used the conch in the "Lord of the Flies", explain how it is used by the boys and what it represents at different points in the novel. I will explore the implications, relevance and historical context of the novel. In addition I will discuss the style, structure and character William Golding uses. In the Novel, a group of young boy, two of which are Piggy and Ralph. ...read more.


However this instance however is not the only one. Later on in the novel the Conch's power, order and "divine" influence completely falls apart. Page 140 provides a good example of this deterioration "Listen all of you. Me and my hunters, we're living along the beach on a flat rock. We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join the tribe come and see us. Perhaps will let you join. Perhaps not." In Chapter 11, Ralph, Piggy and Sam'n'Eric arrive at Castle Rock to claim Piggy's glasses. Ralph again tries the conch one more time to bring the "savages" back to form a civilisation. However this fails, and instead Ralph argues with Jack. Piggy tries one more time to use the conch as a right to speak. Finally, at the height of this argument, Roger levers a bolder off the rock which kills Piggy and smashes the conch. "The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist". Therefore, all hope of civilisation is lost. As the island physically erodes with the fire producing a scar and also island civilization erodes the boys descend into savagery, the conch shell loses its power and influence among them. ...read more.


After reading the book I still not quite sure if the conch was a force or good or evil on the island. I believe that the conch was more a force of good on the island than evil as it gave the little'uns and the other people the right to speak and put forward their view whereas at home they may have had to keep quiet. It also gave order as it was the signal for an assembly and for all the boys to stop talking. It was the sign of authority as the person with the conch was respected in the beginning. Ralph, who mainly had the conch other than Piggy, used it to get people to help and make huts, fires and get food. I feel that without the conch Jack and his "tribe" would have destroyed the island and killed many more people before the Officer rescued them. On the other hand, if they did not find and use the conch then Jack and his followers would not have anything to rebel against but I am sure that it would still have the same outcome, many would be killed and it would show the destruction of mankind which is what Golding wanted to show in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonny Lynch 11W - 1 - ...read more.

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