What Is The Conch Shell Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel The Lord Of The Flies there are multiple significant symbols.
Such as Piggy’s Glasses, The conch Shell, and The signal fire.
Each of these items contribute to the story.
All of the items each have a use throughout the novel.
In the novel, The Lord Of The Flies, written by William Golding, Piggy’s glasses represent man’s intellect, the conch shell symbolizes leadership and order, and The signal fire stands for warmth and hope.

Piggy’s glasses represent man’s intellect.
His glasses are used to start the very first signal fire on the island.
The novel states, “Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along. Ralph saw it first, and watched till the intentness of his gaze drew all eyes that way” (Golding).
Piggy’s glasses also allow Piggy to see things that the other boys can’t see. …show more content…

Without Piggy and his glasses they may have never started the fire in the beginning of the novel.

The conch shell symbolizes leadership and order for each one of the boys .
The conch shell is used by the Ralph and Piggy to call the rest of the boys towards them. The novel states, “ We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us.”(Litcharts).
The conch shell allows the boys on the island to have order.
When ever one of the boys has The Conch Shell in hand they have the right to speak aloud and everyone else has to listen to them.
It allows the group of boys to be more civilized, rather than absolute chaotic.

The signal fire stands for warmth and hope for the boys on the island.
The signal fire was started to catch the attention of an passing airplane, or an passing boat.
“ You got your small fire all right.”(Genius)
The signal fire changes from warmth and hope to chaos.
Jack’s groups of boys decide to light the island on

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