The rule of the conch was the first rule established by the assembly. Breaking the conch led to the end of civility on the island. People’s voices can no longer heard. Jack’s philosophy of having no rules is ultimately what kills Piggy and Simon. The boys would continue to harm others because without rules, they cannot be controlled.
From that day on the conch is used to call meetings and the person who held the conch had the freedom to speak without being interrupted. The boys fall deeper into savagery and find themselves disconnected from order and authority, especially as Jack begins to defy Ralph and pull away from the tribe. As the story progressed, this right is abused when Piggy tries to speak and Jack tells him to shut up. Towards the end of the book when Jack is on the run from Ralph’s tribe, he thinks “there was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.” This shows how much the boys depended on the conch
However, Jack later alerts Ralph that “‘...the conch doesn't count at this end of the island’”(166). This quotation suggests the ineffectiveness of the conch on half of the island, illustrating its decaying power with the expansion of savagery in a simplified yet metaphoric way that can be easily grasped by readers. Finally, “...the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist,” mark the end of civilization, order, and complete fall into chaos and primitivism(200). With the development of the conch and establishment of its purpose, the scene of its shattering brings the novel to its climax, both in terms of plot and theme. Golding does not simply write that the control society has over the boys is broken, but does so through the symbolism of the conch.
The island’s civilization erodes and the boys descend into savagery. Losing sight of order is shown when Jack disobeys Ralph’s orders to be quiet when Piggy has the conch, and despite Ralph informing him of the rules, he still disobeys “The rules! You 're breaking the rules! Shouted Ralph. “Who cares?” replied Jack.
”(72) he can’t believe that something like that would happen to George that will leave him alone. After George had scolded him had replies ”If you don 't want me I can go off an’ find a cave. I can go away any time”(13). He requests that it would better off for George and everyone else if he is alone, even though he wants someone to talk to and be with. None of the other people really like Lennie on the farm and especially when the climax of the story happened he was dreadfully hated.
Goulding brings out certain strengths and weaknesses in his characters to demonstrate these allegories to the reader. The protagonist, Ralph, is depicted as the ideal leader, that possesses the courage to take action whenever needed and who has been elected by the common people on the island indicating a democratic government. The antagonist, Jack, is portrayed as a great example of a leader who is greedy for power and uses his authority for unlawful purposes. The combination of Ralph and Jack result in chaos which is then calmed by a sense of a reason that comes from the wise Piggy who acts as the advisor of Ralph. The political allegories in Goulding’s symbolic novel sheds light not only on the strong points of mankind, but also
The principal reason can be attributed to violence. Secondly, but still significant, the boys selfish actions and fear help cultivate the environment necessary for societal control. Lord of the Flies teaches its audience how a group of boys stuck on an island can start a society just as in any other community. However, these societies are just as prone to violence, deceit, and corruption regardless of where the society is. Individuals within various communities and societies act as threads within a quilt--uniting us all with a common
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.
The Lord of the Flies is a book filled with symbols, and the sow’s head and the conch shell are the main ones. These items are powerful symbols, but they each represent different kinds of power that are used in entirely different ways. Jack, who uses the sow’s head to instill fear and suppression over the younger boys, wields the head for a controlling type of power. Ralph, who employs the conch shell to bring all of the boys together as a united group, uses it in an orderly, leadership type of power. The two items’ symbolic meaning all depends on the users.
231. Roger is fearful of brushing past ‘the chief’ with his shoulder, and avoids contact with ‘the chief’. Golding and the boys refer to Jack only as the chief after he announces his ‘new title’. As ‘the chief’, he is successful, and this success is defined by the island societal structure. ‘The chief’ can hunt, feast, ‘compel’ the boys to follow him, and ultimately, ‘the chief’ is fearless.
In Chapter 1, Ralph blows a shell that he found. Piggy suggests to blow into it as a signal for the other boys who survived. When Ralph does this, the other boys start to show up. Therefore, the title of Chapter 1 is “The Sound of the Shell.” This relates to morality because after all of the boys show up they make an agreement on who should be their “leader” and what their group should be based on.
The conch is a symbol that appears numerous times throughout the book Lord of the Flies. The conch represents the boys’ struggle on the island. In the beginning of the book, the boys still have worth because they believe that they will soon be rescued from the island, just as Piggy comes to the realization at the beginning of the novel that he and Ralph should pick up the conch when they find it because it has value to them. Piggy says to Ralph, “—a conch; ever so expensive,” showing that he sees the value in what others, including Ralph, see as just a shell (16).
Society isn’t perfect and it’s about to either hit you in the head or go over. “Lord of the Flies”, shows symbolism, a topic some people don’t understand. William Golding uses symbolism to create a universal message in his novel. Symbolism is the symbolic meaning attached to natural objects or facts. In this novel, William Golding uses symbolism to trace the defects of society back to the human nature by two major symbols, Piggy and the Conch.
There are many symbols in The Lord of Flies. The first is the conch, which is used to call meetings and to designate who is allowed to speak. The conch represents law and order. Whoever holds the conch has the power and when the conch is broken anarchy ensues. Secondly, Piggy’s glasses symbolize the power of science in society.
This is a novel about the uprise and downfall of a new civilization dictated by one symbol. Symbols can be metaphors for the real world, and play a pivotal role in the novel’s plot. They are not signs that are put there by accident, they are well thought out and are used to make a statement. William Golding stresses the importance of symbols and illustrates how and why they are used. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding depicts the conch shell as the most meaningful symbol in the novel because it represents civilization.