The conch is also used to maintain organization. Ralph notices the discord but resolves it by enforcing, “I 'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he 's speaking” (Golding 33). The conch represents the discipline of the boys and their civilization. Since Ralph thought to use the conch as a speaking system, the conch represents his leadership and authority over the boys.
All of the boys had contrasting ideas on how to administer the society. Ralph was eventually nominated by the other boys to be the chief of the society, and this was one of the first signs of what we, the readers, thought was a civilized society. Piggy and Ralph were the ones who spotted the conch and automatically thought that they could use it to call the meeting whenever they wanted to discuss something. But the conch was also a symbol of freedom of speech, whenever someone had it, they had the possibility and freedom to speak. In general the conch represented order.
For instance, Ralph’s conch represents advancement and development and basically represents good and it may even represent leadership considering that it is Ralph who blows on the conch and Ralph is the leader of the boys. Also, the conch shell was used to summon the children on the island for an assembly. On the other hand, the sow’s head represents pure maliciousness and primitiveness and maybe even fear. The pig’s head even helped cause Simon’s death by conversing with him and telling him that the boys were going to slaughter him. In summary, the sow’s head represents sinfulness and viciousness and it has the power of terror over the boys while Ralph’s conch shell symbolizes civilization and good and has the power to call for civilized assemblies and represents leadership to the children on the
Whoever holds the conch shell is granted the right to speak during meetings. The Conch Shell symbolizes law and order within the society. At the beginning of the story the conch shell is the boy’s holding on to order and civilization. As the story develops the use of the conch shell is forgotten as the civilization dissolves into turmoil. The first mention of the conch shell is after the boy’s land on the island.
At first, the beast is nothing more than a product of the boys ' imaginations. The smaller boys are afraid of things they see at night; rather than be blindly afraid of The Great Unknown, they give their fear a name and a shape in their minds.The boys fear the beast not even realizing that the are committing the evil actions of the beast. Only Simon reaches the final realization of what the beast for what it truly is, their own evil existing inside of them when he says “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it 's only us.”. Paradoxically, immediately following Simon’s awareness of the beast he is murdered **quote** ; signifying the destruction of natural human instinct and civilized instinct. As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the beast grows stronger.
The conch shell and the sow’s head are two of the biggest ones, because they give impeccable power to their users. The yearning for power is one of the biggest struggles of humanity, and it is portrayed perfectly in this book. Usually, the power comes from a specific source, in this case, it’s the sow’s head and the conch shell. Their users, two extremely different people, control the other boys on the island and use the power either for good or for bad. Ralph wants to unite the boys, while Jack wants to control the boys with fear.
When Samneric are on watch they believe they see the beast so they go back to the camp to tell and Jack insists that they need to go and find the beast. “‘Let’s be moving,’ said Jack relentlessly, ‘We’re wasting time”(144). As soon as Jack finds out about the beast being seen ,the first thing he wants to do is go after it, trying to protect everyone. Yes, Jack is capable of protecting the boys better than Ralph, but is that all he plans on doing? Ralph makes many efforts to help the boys by trying to get them rescued; it seems like Jack is making efforts to help them on the island, not trying to remove them from the island in
Some see the beast as primitivity or savagery, while others see the beast as power. Many of the issues on the island arise from power struggle. Ralph is very clear to state his leadership qualifications, “’I ought to be chief,’ said Jack with simple arrogance, ‘because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.’” But, Jack disapproves and believes that he is more qualified. This struggle is the spark that ignites the cruelty in Jack and the demise of Ralphs leadership.
Jack creates the idea of the beast and provides just enough evidence of its existence in order for the boys to follow him blindly. They rely upon him for information about the beast, and in doing so, they start to believe everything he says. The boys view him as the solution to the problem. Jack is jealous of ralph getting to be the leader when he’s the oldest, so jack gets the boys to turn on ralph and been in his tribe. This can be seen throughout the story, The Lord of the
Simon is the most good-natured boy on the island, but he still suffers from the effects of subconscious human nature. It is clear that he is also perhaps one of the most intelligent boys on the island because he suggests: “maybe it’s only us” (89) when referring to the beast. The Lord of the Flies solidifies Simon’s theory when it starts speaking to him. The actual pig’s head is not speaking, but rather Simon’s conscience, or his inner “beast”. It tells him, “This is ridiculous.
When the boys first arrive on the mysterious island, Ralph and Piggy blow the conch to gather any other people. Once everyone is together, Ralph makes the decision to use it as a talking stick. Here the conch is shown as a symbol of order and rule. In one of the first meetings, Ralph states, "That 's what this shell 's called. I 'll give the conch to the next person to speak.
(Blagg and Young 1). Relating back to Lord of the Flies, the boys learn what to do from watching Ralph. Ralph attempts to light the fire and gather material to keep the fire lit and the other boys start to catch onto this. Also, when Ralph keeps a positive attitude, the boys tend to not get into negative thoughts. In terms of communication, Ralph is always talking to the littleuns on the island making sure they are okay and not scared or worried about anything.