Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies Research Paper

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Through narrative techniques, William Golding establishes a theme in Lord of the Flies by using symbolism to communicate how human nature leads people to establish a government, however over time, any form of organization will fall apart. In the novel, there are many important objects that each symbolize something different for the boy’s time on the island. To present the theme of human nature in Lord of the Flies, Golding uses different objects. Throughout the book, the conch shell and Ralph 's hair show the continuous regression into uncivilized chaos through the devolvement of the objects themselves. Golding uses the conch shell as a symbol to illustrate the deterioration of the boys and more specifically, their government. The conch symbolizes …show more content…
But at this point, the boys are showing signs of frustration. When the conch begins to show visual marks of deterioration, so does the law they boys established that initial day. As the novel gets deeper into the conflict between Ralph and Jack, the boys split into two different tribes. Jack, the hunters, and a majority of the boys set off with Jack, leaving just Ralph, Simon, Piggy and the twins on their own. But soon after Jack steals Piggy’s glasses, Ralph’s group realizes survival will be difficult and so they decide to peacefully, conch in hand, head over to Jack’s side of the island. After a tense conversation between Jack and Ralph, Piggy begins to intervene. Roger, meanwhile, growing more and more annoyed with each word piggy says, is slowly tipping over a boulder that would crush Piggy to death. As Roger pushes the boulder over, it heads towards Piggy: "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist" (181). When Piggy dies, and the conch shatters, the boy’s last connection to civilization is destroyed. Jack and his

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