Lord Of The Flies Conch Shell Character Analysis

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“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man 's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” -William Golding, Lord of the Flies. A novel published in 1954 that has become a staple in Freshman english classes all over America. Designed to kill off three british school children and the readers faith in humanity. A shell with enough symbolism to be a character all on its own. The only metaphorical brains on the island are literally spilled. And the different ways of choosing to survive in a dire situation. What it takes to survive and how people take surviving in a dangerous locale. The reader is thrown right into the story to be introduced the character Ralph, a young British schoolboy who has just survived a plane crash in a desolate tropical island. Ralph finds another child nicknamed Piggy, who spends the beginning of the story following Ralph around like a lost puppy. The pair of troublesome boys completely ignore the fact that they just survived an airplane crashing into a deserted island and decide to go for a swim. However during their swim, Ralph is captivated by a bright pink shell in the water which Piggy informs him is a conch shell. From this point forward, the shell becomes such an important form of symbolism in the story it could practically be a character all on its own. The conch is blown to gather the attention of all the boys and soon acts as the governor of their meetings. He who holds the shell has the right to

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