Throughout the novel a key symbol was the conch. The conch starts off as a symbol for civilization, however as the book progresses it is also a symbol for the loss of civilized manners and maintaining order, and this is shown through the ability to start meetings, granting the ability to talk, and the destruction of the conch. The conch had the ability
In Lord of the Flies, the conch acts as a significant symbol of order and civilization provided by laws within society. Prior to Ralph is elected chief, the conch is nothing less than the very emblem of authority and structure: “...yet most powerfully, there was the conch”(19). The boys arrive at the consensus that the holder of the conch possesses all respect. In the early stages of the novel, Golding implies the roaming power of the conch in its ability to provide civilization. At this stage, a cage provided by society still constrains the boys’ inner inhumanity.
The conch is found on the island, nothing more than a shell. Piggy, who comes to represent their culture in an logical sense, describes how much more it really is. "'S'right. It's a shell! I seen one like that before.
I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking. (p.33)’” “Jack broke in. ‘All the same you need an army–for hunting. Hunting pigs–’” The conch gives whoevers holding it automatic authority and respect before Ralph even established what the conch is for.
And the conch doesn’t count at this end of the island-- (pg.150).” While the boys were playing a game, which goes like one of the boys’ acts as the pig and the others, with their spears, chase after him, Simon was crawling out the forest to tell them the truth about the beast, but the boys thought Simon was the beast, and killed him. Unlike Ralph who was terrified of what he did that night, Jack didn 't care what happened to Simon nor felt guilt for his actions. Soon, Jack moves to Castle Rock with his tribe, and the boys’ steal Piggy’s glasses to make a fire for their feast. He even allowed Roger to push the boulder and knock Piggy off the cliff, also it crushed the conch into a thousands of white pieces, taking away order forever. By the end of the novel, Jack’s identity is hidden behind the paint, he’s nothing but a savage, and brainwashed all the boys’ to
They’ll come when they hear us.” (16). Since the conch also represented the freedom of speech, in chapter two, Simon says, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.” (33). The conch was a representation of civilization and democracy, and it helped the boys be organized when they had to call meetings. Piggy and Ralph’s idea of having the conch as a way of calling meetings, was an extremely good idea.
In William Golding’s Lord of Flies, a group of British boys was on an isolated island, and after a few days with quarrels and fights between the boys, most of them finally survive. Although the novel seems like a cruel fiction story, the plot and the children shows some similarities with the thoughts of the Enlightment philosophers. In my opinion, the system of authority and the children in Lord of Flies share a lot of similarities with the thought of Thomas Hobbes. In the novel, the conch is one of the most important items which symbolized the authority, and it gathers all children together. The one who gets the conch would have the power.
The boys were running as fast as they could to keep up with the pig they hit with the spear. They all haven’t had meat in days and they were craving it, they were losing their innocence and becoming savages. This is one thing in the book, Lord of the Flies, that shows a loss of innocence. This is a common theme throughout this book, a loss of innocence. Some examples of this are the killing of Piggy, the hunts, the actions of the tribe, and just Jack in general.
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. Their deaths give Jack more power and therefore