Conch Shell In William Golding's 'Lord Of The Flies'

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Honors Essay Prompts form The Lord of the Flies

1. Explain the symbolism of Conch shell and how it relates to Piggy’s death

In The Lord of the Flies, the conch shell plays an important role on how the kids organize themselves and how they decide their rules. Piggy thought of the idea of blowing the conch to unite everyone on the island, and told Ralph to do it. The noise of the conch was so powerful that all of the kids on the island started to respect the conch and the one who blew the conch. The conch was the main reason for the kids to choose Ralph as their leader, and was used to bring order to the society they had created. “But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. Him with the shell.” (Golding 22) The conch was the one that marked the turn to speak, the one that stopped the kids from being in chaos. Piggy was the most intelligent kid on the island. “what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy” (Golding 22) He came up with great ideas for survival, like the one of the conch. He represented laws and authority for the kids, even though they did not like it. When Piggy died, the conch broke with him. That meant that all of the laws, all of the adult representation on the island
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He loves being adored, and wants to make chaos on Earth. He does not like order, but rather he wants the people to destroy themselves so that God's heart gets hurt. One of his names is Beelzebub, which translates to the lord of the flies. He tempts people to sin, and to go away from God. He just wants to rob, destroy, and kill all of this

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