What Does The Conch Represent In Lord Of The Flies

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The Most Important Symbol In L.O.T.F In every story, there's always a symbol. Some are more discrete and some are put in plain view. Some symbols have more than one meaning that is the case with the conch in the novel Lord of the Flies. In the novel, the most significant symbol would be the conch because it’s the only symbol that unified all the boys on the island together and means a lot more than just a beautiful white shell. It has great power and it symbolizes civilization and order. Not many times is the symbol of the story very ironic. The conch is that. “‘Ralph’ Ralph looked up ‘We can use this to call the others.Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us.’” (Golding 12) Piggy is explaining to Ralph that, by using the conch, they can call the others to them in the beginning. However in …show more content…

However, in Lord of the Flies, the thing that has lost its power is the most significant symbol, the conch. At the beginning of the book, it would show how everyone would come at the noise of the conch. However, leading up to the end “‘ You haven’t got it with you;’ said Jack sneering.’ You left it behind. See clever? And the conch doesn’t count on this end of the island-’ …’ I’ll blow the conch’ said Ralph breathlessly, ‘and call an assembly.’ ‘ We shan’t hear it’” (Golding 166-167) This quote is basically showing that how Jack and the hunter will disregard the conch blow. This important because it shows how dictatorship disregards democracy. Also, it’s very important for the plot because it makes Jack made when he keeps bringing up the conch. It furthers the plot and it eventually gets Piggy killed because of the symbol. With the conch losing its power the reader can see how Jack lost his touch with civilization and everything being sane. That’s lastly why the conch is the most significant symbol in the

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