Conch Shell Lord Of The Flies Essay

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The book, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is an allegorical novel that conveys the concept of human brutality and evil through various objects and characters on the island. The three most significant symbols that convey this message are the conch shell, a symbol of order, Piggyś glasses, a symbol of intellect, and the scar of the island, a symbol of human evil altogether. These symbols represent the factors of a civilized society and are profound throughout the book. The conch shell metaphorically represents order, leadership, and a source of authority and discipline that are essential for a society and civilization to operate. In Lord of the Flies, the conch shellś sound gathers and unites all of the island survivors in one location so that they can develop a consensus for their survival plan. ¨He laid the conch against his lips, took a deep breath and blew once more...The conch was silent, a gleaming tusk; ´I bet you can hear that for miles´¨ (17). This quote shows the purpose of the conch and how it was useful to assemble the survivors. The conch allows the person who possesses it to have absolute authority to speak their opinion. This is an…show more content…
¨All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat¨ (7). The quote exemplifies the literal meaning of the scar which is the area of land consisting of the plane wreckage. There are multiple times in the book when the boys on the island light the island on fire. By doing so, they destroy the natural aspects of the island. Golding conveys through the symbol of the scar that mankind is the single cause of the deterioration of nature. Human behavior must be controlled by order and innovation in order for the environment to remain civilized. Once the plane crashes on the island, its wreckage leaves a permanent mark on the island. This permanent mark exemplifies the long lasting change that human civilization leaves on
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