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Symbol of the Conch in Lord of the Flies Essay

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From Lord of the Flies, there were many things like Conch and Fire that symbolized something. One of the most important symbols was the Conch. The Conch, which is a big shell that can be seen at the beach symbolizes many things in the Lord of the Flies. The Conch represents power because it once was able to control the boys with it, and it also symbolizes democracy because of anyone who has their ideas and can speak their thoughts. The Conch represents unity because it was used to call an assembly and was used to put the boys and keep the peace between the boys so nobody would fight with each other. So, the conch is an important symbol in the novel, because it represents power, democracy, and unity.
The Conch was used to be a democratic
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“ ‘And another thing. We can't have everybody talking at once. We'll have to have 'hands up' like at school’ ”(33). Ralph tried to stay civilized like they did outside of the islands, so he made a rule that everyone can speak for themselves and they could discuss about their ideas, but as the time went, Jack started to break the rules what Ralph made. If they didn’t broke the rules, there wouldn’t be fights against each other and everything would have gone alright. At the first few chapters of the book, Ralph tries to hear every one's voice and thoughts like civilized people, and not doing dictatorship. “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking”(33). This quote proves that Ralph really tried to stay the same like before, and for few chapters, he was able to keep peace. Ralph unlike Jack, was a democratic leader who tried to rule fairly by using Conch, which was used communicating with others and anybody could speak if they want to and other boys had to listen to him and don’t interrupt him.
The Conch showed the unity of the boys too. Ralph used it for calling an assembly, and communicate with others and keeping the peace between the boys. When they just got to the island, Piggy and Ralph met and found the Conch, Ralph tried to blow it and finally, he knew how to make a noise with it, and he got an idea with blowing the Conch. " 'We can
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