Society Crumbles Without Structure In Lord Of The Flies

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Imagine yourself on a plane talking to your friend. BOOM! You crashed on an island. You don't know what to do or what surrounds you. You're in shock. In the novel, there is a group of boys that are involved in plane crash on an island. In addition, there are no adults anywhere to be found. In William Golding’s novel, The Lord of the Flies, he demonstrates how society crumbles without structure through the symbolism of the conch, irony, and the conflict between the boys.
A literary device that demonstrates how society crumbles without structure is symbolism. Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric go to Jack's camp to retrieve the glasses they stole from Piggy. When Ralph goes to the camp, he brings the conch with him to help remind the boy some structure. Jack's boys take Samneric making Ralph furious resulting him lunging at Jack. Piggy is standing and holding the conch in his hands. He tries to speak but Roger pushes a boulder at him. “The rock struck Piggy…[and] the conch exploded into thousands white fragments and ceased to exist” (181). This quote uses symbolism to make a point. From the beginning the conch symbolized law and order in other words structure. When the conch shattered into thousands of fragment piece it showed that the boys have no chance in going back to having a society. The conch fell when Roger pushed the boulder at Piggy and the conch was in his hands. As the conch got out of Piggy's hands and shattered down on the rocks below this is a symbol of how their boys

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