Sometimes the one person to depend on is yourself. Ralph has to depend on himself after Piggy dies. He has no one to talk to for the events happening and how they had to be stopped. When Piggy died, Ralph had no one, because the boys were on Jack’s side. They had turned against Ralph and he was left alone.
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.
When they first meet on the island, everyone who was stranded on the island wanted to be organized into some type of governing body so that they were ordered. The boys held an election and it was so that Ralph was chief. “‘All right. Who wants Jack for chief?’ With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands. ‘Who wants me?’ Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately.
After Piggy and Ralph find the conch, Piggy says, "We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They 'll come when they hear us--" (Golding 14). Moments after finding the conch, its significance is strongly established, as Golding refers to the conch as a symbol of law and order and power. In the quote, when Piggy and Ralph find the conch Piggy brings up the idea of using it to call the boys.
The shell governs the boys meetings. Anyone who holds the shell has the power to speak. As a representative of law and order the conch gets Ralph elected as leader. At the same time the conch shows that tools of power such as crowns and flags are no more as meaning full as the conch. Rules only work if people stick to and obey them.
Amir’s particular body language shows that he wants this deed to be seen by no one. Thus, glancing towards either direction to make sure that ‘the coast is clear’. He deprives Hassan and Ali from the house they have served faithfully for a long time, thereby stealing the truth from Hassan and depriving them of a home they knew well. Amir is driven by both the greed for his father’s attention and the guilt of being helpless when Hassan was raped. The reason why he couldn’t remain under the same roof as Hassan was because he felt guilty that he hadn’t tried to stop the rape and save his friend.
With Caddy being disowned and being chased out of the house after having a divorce with Herbert and having a child with Quentin, Benjy loses the only person who could comfort him and make him hush. It is because of this obsession with Caddy that he keeps shifting in and out of the past with every memory being centered around Caddy and her scent of trees. Because time had deteriorated his relationship with Caddy, he refuses to be a “big boy ... and hush” (44), instead choosing to stay as a young child still living with Caddy. Although he may not realize it due to his disability, his actions show that he is in a struggle against time, refusing to stay in the present but instead living in
How does the power of the conch differ from the power of the Lord of the Flies? Well, the conch portrays power and authority. When a meeting needed to be held the conch was blown to round up all of the boys. When one of the boys would like to speak during one of their gatherings they were required to be in the possession of the conch. In chapter one Ralph is the first person to be granted with the right to maintain the conch when he holds his first assembly on the island, “But there was a
It seems as though the longer they’re stuck in the island the more ragged and filthy they become. In chapter 5 Golding says “with a convulsion of the mind, Ralph discovered dirt and decay; understood how he disliked perpetually flicking the tangled hair out of his eyes”(pg.82). In turn gave us a sense of how disgusted he was feeling within. The behaviour transition the boys endure while learning to live with no adults in a natural environment, is something you would accept kids to commit. Especially such a young boys who were only 6-12 years old, inflicting such pain on a innocent children and the mothering sow.
LOFT Essay In the Lord of The Flies, a desperate human society stranded on an island collapses as they are left to savage each other under the rule of an incapable leader. When they first reach the island, the boys still have a portion of the ethical way things should be done, but as we venture deeper into the story, that distinctive portion of them fades into a mere memory, as if a grain of sand in the vast ocean. Their minds evolve to suit their demands and everything else is ignored, one by one, they lose control of each other. Through the character of Jack, William Golding shows how societies break up when a leader’s ego takes control into prioritizing itself over group and when there is no law and order for the structure of civilization. The problem slowly exposes when Jack’s ego arises, he had lost his pride when nobody elected him for chief, but now he has emerged back, thriving for that power and authority he always wanted.