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Losing The Fight Essay

886 words - 4 pages

In “Lord of the Flies” William Golding delivers a realistic fiction story in a way no other author can. He tells a story about a group of boys stranded on an island struggling between the forces of good and evil. The story is carried by powerful diction, frightening detail and insightful imagery to show how the shell is a symbol of good that is used by Ralph to show the boys responsibility while the sow`s head is a symbol of evil that is used by jack to instill fear in the boys.
When Ralph and Piggy discovered the conch shell they realized that it could be used for communication to summon the boys. Golding expresses the little power Ralph has by saying “most powerful[l], there was the conch” (Golding 22) this shows that although Ralph’s has power over the boys the conch shell is more powerful than him. If Ralph calls the boys they will not respond so he has to blow the conch shell to gather the boys. The conch is supposed to teach the boys responsibility because eventually if they hear it enough the will connect the two. After jack tells Ralph how he killed the pig Ralph respond” with the conch imp calling a meeting” you can see he is trying to stay calm when he says” when I blow it. Now!” (75) This shows that amidst all the bad things going on Ralph feels like he has to restore order among the boys. He cannot lose his grip on them so he must use the conch to its full powers. Golding uses exquisite wordplay when stating that “the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments” and that it “ceased to exist” (181) this shows that the conch shell no longer has power because it does not exist. Without the conch there will no longer be a sense of responsibility on the island. Now that the conch is gone evil has a chance to prosper and jack can finally get the boys in his grips.
Jack Really wants to get a pig under his wrath and kill her; what started out as just hunting for food eventually turned into greed and a thirst for blood. Golding minimizes the terror of jacks kill by saying jack “jammed the soft throat” of the pigs head “down on the spear and pierced through the mouth” and downplays it even more by saying “only a little blood dribbled” down the spear (136). Jack is proud of his kill and wants to show it to everyone. The head is supposed to...

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