The conch shell plays a big part in Ralph’s authority and order. His leadership skills, along with the conch by his side, is what made the other kids on the island listen and idolize him. Golding glorifies the power of Ralph and his conch shell in order to represent control, which is important to the ongoing order and regulation of the boys throughout their time on the island. Without the shell, there would be no order among the lives of the boys on the uninhabited island. In addition to Ralph promoting the power of the conch, Jack also agrees and emphasizes that in order to run a society, there must be a strong and rational set of rules that needs to be followed.
Ralph shows that he is a very responsible, caring, and persevering boy, which are all positive traits. He is always concerned for all the other kids on the island. At his group meetings, he always assures that “sooner or later, we shall be rescued” (37). By constantly repeating this statement, he inspires the other kids to keep on fighting to survive on the island. Ralph’s honest and self-believing spirit is shown through his actions.
The boys fall deeper into savagery and find themselves disconnected from order and authority, especially as Jack begins to defy Ralph and pull away from the tribe. As the story progressed, this right is abused when Piggy tries to speak and Jack tells him to shut up. Towards the end of the book when Jack is on the run from Ralph’s tribe, he thinks “there was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.” This shows how much the boys depended on the conch
Using symbolism adds to the depth and understanding of the story, it helps you “read inbetween the lines” and develop a better understanding of the story overall. In the story there were many symbols that were used, a good one is the character, Harrison Bergeron. Harrison was George and Hazel’s son, but he was different, and wanted the world to change. He is a symbol that represents a spark of defiance and individuality that exists in some people today. Harrison is an exaggerated character, who hungers for power, and this is evident when he storms into the T.V studio and crowns himself emperor.
In the Roman Empire, England, France, and the Middle East, ever since people have been around, there has always been conflict and fighting. A common theme in war is inhumanity. For example, in World War I mustard gas would produce terrible blisters on soldiers who were exposed to it. Empathy for those suffering young men was not present in those causing the pain. While war is still ongoing in the world, Europe is much more peaceful today then it was a hundred years ago and people in general are being taught to resolve conflict in a humane way.
He always manages to take life easy, which protects him from pain. “I couldn’t just take it or leave it, like Two-Bit” (Hinton 47). He sees life simply and is always positive. “He had gray eyes and a wide grin, and he couldn’t stop making funny remarks to save his life. You couldn’t shut up that guy; he always had to get his two-bits worth in” (Hinton 10).
Managing pressure: Ability to stay calm and keep his cool with a seemingly uncluttered mind was Dhoni's greatest gift as a leader. This soothes the nerves of the rest of the team and ensures that they stay focused and continue to believe in themselves. Dhoni was a lesson for all leaders in terms of their ability to manage extremely stressful work environments. Managing periods of high stress without losing your composure was the key to long-term success and good health. Cool as a cucumber he was hardly ruffled by situations on the field.
The shell effectively governs the boys by authorizing them to impose a “rule of the conch” upon themselves. The rule established; whoever holds the shell, holds the right to speak. The shell was a method similar to a democracy and the boys used it to develop a logical civilization with everyone 's recommendations accepted. Soon, their faultless civilization deteriorates by their natural
The change is made evident by symbols that Golding uses in the novel, such as the conch, the fire and the beast to represent the contradictory forces acting on the boys throughout the novel. First, Golding uses the conch significantly as its importance gets more notable throughout the duration of the novel. The conch becomes a symbol of law, order, and power. When rules are put in place by a person with authority, an individual is expected to act upon these orders because of the power the individual symbolizes. After Piggy and Ralph find the conch, Piggy says, "We can use this to call the others.
Lord of the Flies stands principally for a political system that a group of boys can make up in a short period of time, and all the problems that it carries when one or several persons doesn´t agree with the decisions of the leader and the group. Furthermore, William Golding tries to represent the evil and the savage that persons, or in that case children, can evolve when there is a critic situation of survival. The work of Golding is completely surrounded by symbolism. That is because in all along the book we can find symbols that are metaphors of the reality.