What Does The Conch Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

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Every person has a bit of savagery within them no matter how orderly and civilized they may appear to be. William Golding uses many symbols in his novel Lord of the Flies to show this theme. Some of these symbols include objects such as the conch shell, Piggy’s glasses and the pig head. Golding also uses people like Ralph or Jack as symbols throughout the story. First is the conch. The conch symbolizes authority and leadership. In the beginning of the novel, Ralph and Piggy find a large conch shell by the beach and use it to summon the other stranded boys on the island. After that, Ralph decides that whoever has the conch will get to speak and it will also be used to call meetings when it is neccessary to do so. The conch is used throughout the story as a powerful symbol that brings order to the boys and prevents them from becoming savages.…show more content…
This is shown when the boys use the glasses to start a fire for themselves, which is a crucial element to survival. “Ralph moved the lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood.” (41) This describes when they used Piggy’s glasses to make the fire on the mountain. The glasses are also used to represent order and when the first lenses shatters, it signifies the start of corruption in their society. The pig head that was impaled on the stake symbolizes the evil within the boys and was a sacrifice to please the beast. When Simon hallucinates and hears the pig head talking to him, it foreshadows his death by explaining who the beast really is. The “Lord of the Flies” is the bit of savagery in everyone and claims its first victim as Simon, the most kind-hearted and innocent of the

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