What Is The Conch Shell In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel Lord of the flies by William Golding, it tells us a story of a group of school boys getting their plane shot down in war and landing on a tropical island. With no adults and no rules, the boys slipped into savagery. If you were in the island, who would you vote chief? The number one object throughout the book that was the most representable as civilization and respect for law and order was the conch shell. William Golding’s theory on sustainable government is having adults run it and having a symbol to represent power. There is always one person running against them which is the way they don’t want to run things. He also uses his characters to represent a democracy government like the USA is and was during the cold war. He uses his characters as a way to convey this to the reader because Piggy is a kid but his physical traits resemble an older person. Also, Ralph is…show more content…
He believes that the leader should have an object or anything to show how he has the power that nobody else does. To get this idea to the reader, he uses a conch shell which represents civilization and respect for law and order. The conch shell was found by Piggy and Ralph when they blew it to call a meeting. The text quotes “‘S’right. It’s a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone’s back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum would come. It’s ever so valuable.’” (Golding, page 15). It shows that the conch shell is very valuable and that whenever you use it, you have the chance to speak and be heard. This connects to how you use an object to show who is in charge because Ralph blows the conch and when he does, people respect him and listen to what he has to say. It represents civilization and respect for law and order because in order to get everything under control and inform everyone, you need meetings which he gets when he blows the
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