Eng 2 Pre-AP
In the novel Lord of The Flies by William Golding, there are significant emphasis on certain objects throughout the story. The author creates a symbol for each of these objects so that the reader can see the true meaning behind each physical object. For example, Golding has created symbolic attributes for the conch, fire, and piggy’s glasses. Each of these objects seem to just play physical roles in the story, but what does the author really mean behind each object.
When Ralph and Piggy first find the conch in the story, we as the readers assume that it is only a simple conch that will be used for fun, but throughout the novel the conch serves an important role in the importance of civilization and democracy. The conch is highly important to the boys,“...a conch; ever so expensive I bet if you wanted to buy one...have to pay pounds and pounds” (Pg16) the boys all take good care of the conch because it’s the only thing of significant worth on the island. We know that the author is trying to convey a sense of authority and civilization through the conch because on page 33 it reads, “And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like a school… Then I’ll give him the conch… I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking”. This helps us better understand the purpose of the conch as a power of authority and civilization because as demonstrated by Ralph, there are rules to keep the island enforced and in control, this can be related to an actual civilization because there are certain rules and laws put into place to help keep control. The conch can also be representative of the power of democracy, because the boy's’ choice of government is like a democracy, they have voting and elect a chief all in the presence of the conch. Later in the story when the shell is broken, the boys lose the sense of civilization and democracy and turn into savages.
Piggy is the most realistic of the boys, when Ralph likes to believe that his father...