Lord of the Flies: the Conch

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Tyler Morgan
Bradford Nadziejko
English 101
5 December 2011
The Almighty Civilizing Conch
Visualize being stranded on a deserted island. There is no way to escape and no rules to abide by except what you decide upon. What is most necessary to survive with everyone you are trapped with? Civilization is an important part of who we are as a country. This is what happened in Sir William Golding's The Lord of the Flies when a group of boys, none of which have yet to reach their teen years, have been stranded on a deserted island during a time of war. This book symbolizes how humans can decline from civilized people to savages. At the beginning of the book Ralph, the protagonist, discovers a conch lying in the water and uses it to call all the boys together. The conch's power is effective and is revered by the boys as a symbol of order, discipline, and civilization. As the boys begin to ignore the conch they start to become more like savages. There is a direct correlation between the conch and their declining morals and behavior. Golding uses the symbol of the conch to demonstrate the theme that civilization is necessary to keep the dark side of human nature within and in control.
The conch's power in the beginning of this book represents the structure the boys try to hold. Ralph and Piggy use the conch to “Call the others” to a meeting (16). Calling everyone together to have a meeting is a civilized, grown-up thing to do. The fact that the boys respect the power of the conch shows they were raised civilized and they subliminally want to keep rules and order. The boys have not completely realized what it means to not have any adults around. The boys gathering together are necessary for them to survive and working in unity is the only way for success to come to them. They boys give whoever holding the conch authority and maintains order. The conch's authority is…...

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