How Is The Conch Used In Lord Of The Flies

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In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbols for the reader to have a better understanding of the novel. The symbols that Golding uses are the conch and the pig on a stick. The conch is used as a symbol of civilized society and the lifestyle on the island. The pig on the stick symbolizes the savagery and evilness of the boys. Both of the symbols perceive the boys differently. William Golding uses the conch shell as a major symbol for the reader in the novel. Golding uses the conch shell to symbolize a civilized society and how it is used to assemble meetings. “We can use this to call others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us–” (Golding 7). The conch also symbolizes Ralph as the leader.” By the time Ralph finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded” (Golding 18). The conch represents a call for an order. …show more content…

The pig on the stick is referred to the Lord of the Flies, and it symbolizes the beast. The beast represents the evil in the boys. “ They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned” (Golding 9). The pig on a stick may seem innocent until it grins at Simon. The Lord of the Flies is also manipulative and mind-tricking. "Well then," said the Lord of the Flies, "you'd better run off and play with the others. They think you're batty. You don't want Ralph to think you're batty, do you? " ( Golding 13). He tries to scare Simon by saying that everyone thinks he is the

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