In the Lord of the Flies, one of the main uses that has a deeper meaning was the conch. In Chapter 1, two of the main characters, Ralph and Piggy find the conch. In the novel, the conch represents democracy and civilization. To form a civilization, Ralph was the first to blow the conch to bring the boys on the island together which was the start of a civilization. Because Ralph called all of the boys together as a group, the boys decided to vote him as a leader.
All are critical for expressing Golding’s overall message. To start, the representation of the boys’ civilization begins with the omnipotent conch shell. The boys soon establish the conch as a symbol of law and order. All the boys agree and enjoy the idea of acting in this sophisticated and respectful manner. During the first period of time on the island the kids are able to maintain order and continue to perform such humane acts and routines, like gathering for assemblies to discuss strategy.
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 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.
Furthermore, “The Lord of the Flies” Simon sort of prophesied to Ralph. For instance, he comforted worried Ralph by telling him, “I just think you’ll get back all right.” Simon didn’t suggest he himself would get back, but he did think Ralph would. “Some of the strain had gone from Ralph’s body,” (111). Simon also reminded Ralph of his rule for the boys. When Ralph was fretting about the boys wandering off and not finishing the hut construction, Simon poked in and said, “You’re chief.
. ‘We’ve got to make smoke up there – or die.’” (86-87). Ralph knows the signal fire is one of the most important tools on the island which can possibly save them. He recognizes the importance of it and is always trying to get the other kids to believe the same because he cares for them and wants them to have the best chance of being rescued. Ralph’s ability to care for all the boys, and keep them calm and protected every day proves that he is a good leader with good morals and
He runs his tribe like a dictatorship over the rest of the boys, but because they do what they want to do they comply with what he says, even though it is not the right thing. It can be seen that the boys comply with a higher power and become
In the beginning, the fire was a signal to catch the attention of any ships passing by, representing the boy 's drive and hope for rescue. When their chief, Ralph mentioned an approach for rescue, “We must make a fire!” it instantly became extremely crucial, showing how the group is thinking rationally with the organisation of civilization still close to them (Golding 38). The boys took responsibility for their rescue, the quote “Each party of boys added a quota, less or more, and the pile grew” shows the contribution and enthusiasm the group had towards keeping the fire going (Golding 40). During this they had a vision of what to do in order to get rescued by lighting the fire. From the first fire itself Golding gives the readers an
No matter how hard man tries, he is bound to destroy nature even if it is unintentional. In the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a group of young boys are involved in a plane crash and become stranded on a deserted island after an attempt to escape from the dangers of World War II. When the boys first arrive on the island, it is peaceful and untouched by mankind, but over time the boys slowly damage the purity of the island as they begin to make fires and start a civilization. They work together and scavenge the island for resources in order to ensure their survival. In need of rescue, the boys gather materials such as sticks and tree bark to start a fire for smoke signals, but soon learn that the fire is dangerous to nature if they are not careful.
The boys voted on Ralph, because he was the one taking charge and he played along with anyone. After scary events started to happen, Jack was misunderstanding the problem, but Ralph saw it. Ralph tried to explain to the group they have to start taking control. The boys wanted to play and be kids. Jack took advantage of this by disagreeing with Ralph.