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Power Struggle Between The Sow's Head And Conch Shell

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Lord of the flies is not just a story about boys trapped on an island; it is a story about power struggle over democracy and dictatorship in societies. They are many objects used in the novel to show dictatorship and democracy. Also, they are many situations between characters in the novel to show the power struggles between the two ideologies. Between the power struggle, characters also use these objects to control emotions and people’s decisions in the novel. People and societies give away too much power to objects and let them control their lives.
The conch shell was an object that Ralph found in the lagoon and was used to call assemblies. The sow’s head is a pig’s head that was ...view middle of the document...

On the other hand, in the beginning of the novel, Golding describes the choir walking along the beach as a something dark that was fumbling along. Golding is showing the reader that the choir is evil. Later in the novel the choir becomes the hunters. The choir is marching in a line. This shows that the choir is full under control of Jack which is a good example of dictatorship. When Jack and the choir reach the platform where Ralph and the other boys are, Jack shows off with his cloak in the attempt to show the other boys that he would make a great leader. This is another good example of dictatorship. An example of savagery in the novel is when Jack giggled when he had blood on his hands and flecked them while the other hunter laughed at him.
The characters that inhabit the island in the novel, in order to create power for their selves, they used the symbols of fire, dead parachutist, snake-thing, conch and sow's head. The conch was used mainly by the character Ralph to keep order at the meetings. Whoever holds the conch can speak uninterruptedly and may also speak any concerns that they have. Ralph uses the conch to keep order in his group of boys. Jack tries to weaken the power that the conch has by saying how bad of an idea it was. The snake thing in chapter two of Lord of the Flies created fear in the littleuns....

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