Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Joshua Hafter
Ms. Yoo
English 2AS, Period 5
22 February 2017
Lord Of The Flies Essay In the book Lord Of The Flies by William Golding, symbols are used to highlight the impactful nature of Ralph, the main protagonist. Ralph is brought to so much power being credited to finding the conch and rising but also falling in power along side it. The supporting character of story, Piggy, helps us show how the conch is a double edged sword. It gives Ralph the ability to become leader and create a civilization but also helps Jack, the antagonist, resist the conch and help build his own empire on the island which tears everyone apart and creates savagery which is controlled with the tips of his fingers. Ralph uses the conch to symbolize order, which …show more content…

Then I 'll give him the conch. ' 'Conch? 'That 's what this thing is called. I 'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he 's speaking. (18)” Ralph uses the conch as a symbol of authority with the boys in their very important meeting about rules of the island. The conch comes to represent civilization and order in this quote, as Ralph instructs the boys how to use the conch to take proper turns in their meetings and becomes even more in-power as he is now focused as the leader to the boys who didn’t agree with him being leader at first.
The conch begins to age and lose power as Ralph in the story loses his power to savagery leaded by Jack. Ralph is seen as very strong until Jack finally succeeds in killing his very first pig after a long time of disappointment. He begins to celebrate with some of the kids because of the death of the pig and gets everyone interested into food and savagery. Like Ralph and the conch comparison, an analogy can be used for Ralph and the conch. As for Ralph, he begins to lose power to Jack who has always been a rebellion to him and the conch loses power also with Golding stating "Exposure to the sun had bleached the yellow and pink to near-white, and transparency. Ralph felt a kind of affectionate reverence for the conch, even though he had fished the thing out of the lagoon himself" (78). The conch is shown here as being "near-white" and transparent. Golding 's description of the conch suggests an innocent

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