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Lord of the Flies: The Conch Shell

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Bridgette Semana

on 1 February 2013

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies: The Conch Shell

Quote #2 It is an actual vessel political legitimacy and democratic power
Also represents society's rules, politics, and speech
It also even stands for both justice and equality because everyone has the right to state his opinion through the conch The conch represents human nature by how much power it holds. It also keeps everything in place, because with out the conch, then everything would fall apart. And with the amount power that is hold, you can pretty much control anything and anyone around you. How does it represent to human nature? How it represents in today's society Since the conch shell represents mostly power, in our society, people who have a great deal of power is the President because he organizes everything that happens around us and to keep everything stabilized.
If we weren't to have anyone to do this, then everything would be chaotic Quote #1 "We can use this to call the others. They'll come
when they hear us-"(16) "But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch." (22) By: Amanda &
Bridgette Lord of the Flies:
The Conch Shell What does it represent? Quote #3 Quote #4 Quote #5 Quote #6 This shows that the conch is the only communication to assemble everyone.
The conch also shows that it's connected to civilization since that's how the boys are used to, like when they hear the bell to go to class. This was in ch. 1 when Ralph and Piggy found the conch in the water. Since Ralph is the chief, it shows that the conch itself has greater power.
It also shows that the conch is the most valuable thing, no matter what you are, whether it being a chief, a right wing, or hunter. This was in ch. 1 when they had their first meeting, and when Piggy was observing Ralph. "He can hold it when he's speaking. And won't be interrupted." Says Ralph. (33) This shows that the moment you are given the conch, the moment you seize everyone and everything.
It also shows that the conch gives you the most power, and no one can take that power away from you as long as you have the possession of the conch. This was in ch. 2 when they were having their first meeting, and when Ralph was setting rules. "Conch! Conch!" Shouted Jack. "We don't need the conch anymore." (101-102) This shows that the conch is slowly losing its value, meaning it's becoming less important.
Since the conch connects to civilization, this shows that civilization is starting to fade away, and that it's going down hill. This is from ch. 6 when they were having a meeting about the beast, and how Jack interrupted Piggy. "Then Piggy was standing cradling the great white shell and the shouting died down." (33) The way Piggy treats the conch is as if his life depended on it, which shows that when the conch is in good hands, then its power is used for good.
Since Piggy represents intelligence and the conch represents order and democracy, then this shows that these elements must be together in order for things to be done the right way. This was in ch. 2 when they were discussing about what kind of rules they should enroll. "Jack seized the conch." (36) The way that Jack treated for the conch was like he didn't care for it, which shows that when the conch is in bad hands, then its power is being used for the bad.
It also shows that when the conch is in bad hands, then horrible things are bound to happen. This is in ch. 2 when Jack was explaining the beastly thing, which made matters worst, especially to the little ones.
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