Ralph, who is elected the chief since he was the one to use the conch shell first, makes the rule that no one can speak unless they are holding the conch shell. The shell helps order the chaos at the beginning of the novel and keep everyone in
Lord of the Flies only views that the impact of the desire to gain authority will only result negatively; however, A Long Way Gone offers a different approach by altering the effects positively. Following Piggy’s death, Jack’s reaction and actions show a clear intention to rid of Ralph’s power completely in order to grant himself the highest position over the boys by means of pretending that he was the cause of Roger’s actions and afterwards, launching a spear directly at Ralph. Ishmael Beah’s lucid illustration that expressed his emotions toward the enemy rebel forces resemble that of Golding’s claim as he ridicules the rebels’ torturous deaths. Further on in the memoir, after experiencing the process of being forgiven and learning how to forgive, Beah counteracts this claim by providing an example of his determination to use his wanting to become chosen in the UN interview for a favorable outcome. In the two pieces of work, harming another seems to be the outcome from the hunger for power, but Golding’s perspective believes that the repercussion will only remain evil, while Beah implies that the conclusion can be changed in such a way that it becomes positive.
Ralph makes very cautious and smart decisions for the island, like building the huts on the beach, and making a signal fire. Ralph exclaimed, “ We can help them find us, we must make a fire” (38). Ralph said this, so that ships from the water can see the smoke from the mountain, and hopefully come and rescue all of the boys on the island. Literary critic Paul Slayton’s article states that “Ralph does not seek the leadership role, he is elected, because his older, attractive in appearance, and he lastly possesses the conch shell” (Slayton). He takes this leadership opportunity, and turns it for the better, and demonstrates courage, intelligence, and diplomatic skill.
He always wants to help Ralph lead the group as chief, in Chapter 1, Piggy finds “a shell” that they use “to call the others…[to] a meeting” (Golding 16). His idea to use the conch helps him with his aesthetics need for order throughout the island because he “understand[s] and appreciate[s] beauty, balance, and form” (Maslow 6). Although, he has trouble succeeding with this because he is missing many of the lower levels on the pyramid. According to Maslow we “must meet [the] needs in order...and cannot be concerned with needs higher on the pyramid until” we meet the lower levels, and Piggy fails to receive the support required for his love and belonging desires. Nevertheless, Ralph and Piggy both meet many needs on the pyramid that help define them as people, however, Ralph tends to fulfill some that are higher on the pyramid.
The conch symbolizes law, order, civility, respect and power. When the boys held meetings around the camp fire, only the bearer of the conch had permission to speak. The speaker with the conch is supposed to be respected by the group and heard. With the struggle to obtain the conch, it represented the desire and hunger of power that humans possess and the struggles of creating a hierarchy. The conch was the beginning of their civilization, but was ultimately the destruction of its cause.
Cheas, Trevor: In the book/film Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the character Piggy wears "thick spectacles." These spectacles, or as Piggy calls them, "specs," play a signifigant role in this story. They represent the ability to not only see, but also the ability to think logically and be mature. Without his glasses, Piggy is completely helpless, and his immediate first priority is to get them back as soon as they are gone from his head. In chapter two, Fire on the Mountain, the boys are attempting to light a fire to signal nearby planes or ships to come rescue them.
Odysseus was smart enough to realize his own limitations due to him saying, “So all rowed on, until the Sirens dropped under the sea rim, and their singing dwindled away. My faithful company rested on their oars no, peeling off the wax that I had laid thick on their ears, then set me free” (Homer 978). Odysseus was willing to save his crew from dying first than himself even though he knew he wanted to hear the Sirens sing. Demonstrating the act of putting beeswax in his crew 's ears showed his intelligence with the
He is jealous of Othello, show in, “I confess it is my shame to be so fond/but it is not in my virtue to amend it” (1.3:316-317). Roderigo is desperate for Desdemona and Iago takes advantage of this and makes him do thing such as kill Cassio. Roderigo does all of Iago’s dirty work and makes his plan successful. Also, Roderigo is unintelligent and realizes too late that his “money is almost spent” (2.3:364-368). Iago makes several false promises to Roderigo and he does not expose Iago because he is desperate for love.
These rules stated that the boys could only use the conch in assembly meetings and they had to wait their turn to talk. They had to bring water from the stream and store it in coconut shells under leaves, and keep the fire signal on the mountain going at all times. They also had to use the rocks for going to the bathroom, not the fruit trees area. Literary experts John F. Fitzgerald and John R. Kayser state, “Ralph seems to be the civilized counterpart to Jack: Osiris to Jack 's Typhon. Ralph blows the conch, articulates the idea for a rescue fire, and, according to Jack, "gives the orders."
Sigmund Freud’s ego theory describes the id as the seat of our impulses, a desire so strong that it must be satisfied. In the novel “Lord of the Flies,” Jack resembles the id ego in a variety of ways. Throughout the story, Jack becomes more and more interested in hunting, to the point where he needs to hunt. He becomes more focused on killing and hurting and less focused on the idea of survival; he wants to be at the top of the chain. He kills because he wants to and is able to, not because he has to.