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The Conch

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Think about a world with no rules or order. Would you like to live in a place like this? A place so chaotic, a place where you can barely fall asleep at night without being terrified of what might happen to you at night or if you may ever wake up again? In this book I am about to tell you about, you will understand such a place. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, amazes his audience and readers with his symbolic book. William Golding uses the Conch in the Lord of the Flies to symbolize the power and order for Ralph and the rest of the children while Jack fights to be chief and slowly breaks down the power of the Conch until it is destroyed.

The Conch is used as a symbol of power and order until the Conch no longer exists. In the beginning
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As Ralph and Piggy go to talk to jack they have to climb up a lot of rocks. Ralph, who hears a rock that a kid pushed falling he dives and dodges it. But the boulder hits Piggy very hard, shatters the conch shell he is holding, and knocks him off the mountainside to his death on the rocks below. Jack throws his spear at Ralph, and the other boys quickly join in chucking their spears like crazy. "The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." (215). Once the conch was shattered, all power and authority was gone. The conch in a sense, couldn't take or handle this crisis that led to its death. Just like in a normal democracy, a crisis can “shatter” the democracy.

William Golding used the Conch in The Lord of the Flies as a representation of power, what happens when that power is broken or overcome. The Conch was very useful in the beginning of the book, as Jack slowly started to rise and try to be a greater voice than the Conch. It started to mean less and less to the other children every chapter. That’s how in the end it was so easy for Jack to separate from Ralph and the Conch then create his own tribe. Could any Government be slowly overturned by the people? If our society today was anything like the metaphorical society on the island, it could
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