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English - Lord of the Flies

Symbolism Presentation: Conch

Janelle Alonzo

on 19 November 2012

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Lord of the Flies Symbolism Presentation: The Conch Brought to you by: Janelle Alonzo
Melissa Folkerts
Emily Ly
Lauren Smith
Hayley Petersen
Natalie Tetrealt Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Five Chapter Four Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Thank you for listening. We hope you enjoyed our presentation! Love <3
Natalie, Hayley, Lauren, Emily, Melissa, and Janelle Theme: The idea of living in an ordered civilization is learned though our society, not a natural human instinct. The boys stick to what they have learned in their society (ordered civilization) by electing a leader and assigning people different jobs (such as gathering food and creating a shelter). However, we begin to see traces of barbaric instinct of humans through the children making fun of Piggy and through Jack’s desire for power. Ralph suggests a signal fire so that they might be rescued, and the boys agree, showing that they long to go back to the world they lived in. However, they become disordered and light the forest on fire without the guidance of adults. Their feelings toward the fire killing the boy with the birthmark also shows that they still thinking in the mindset of a civil human being by feeling grief (contrasted later in the novel). The boys are more concerned with playing than building huts for shelter. Ralph tries to get them to do their jobs, but their instincts subtly lean them away from doing do. Jack’s obsession with hunting and violence begins to grow as he is unable to catch a pig. The instinctive nature of humans to dominate those weaker than them is demonstrated in several incidents. The first is when Roger and Maurice destroy the littluns sandcastles and when Roger throws rocks at Henry. However, he does miss actually hitting him on purpose, showing that he’s still somewhat guided by the expectation of nonviolence he has learned in society. The second example is when Jack slaps Piggy because Piggy is the weakest one in the group. Further, Jack’s face painting seems to transform him into a more animal-like being. Although he doesn’t seem to be engulfed in evil yet. The reader can see how his “normal” human qualities are fading away. When Ralph spots a ship but realizes the fire isn’t burning, Jack and the others boys are too consumed by the fact that they killed a pig to care about possible rescue. This shows that they now value hunting and killing over returning home to normal life. The blood lust inside of them has gradually veiling their humanity. Ralph is finding it harder to enforce the rules about the fire and laboratory area. The boys even giggle when Ralph scolds their unsanitary habits, showing that most of the boys don’t care about cleanliness and health. Ralph’s power diminishes and Jack’s power increases because the boys are becoming more savage, like Jack. The dead parachutist also serves as another example of humanity’s instinct for conflict and fighting, but in a more global way. After all, the war is the whole reason that the boys are stuck in this predicament in the first place. In Chapter 7, we
see that even Ralph,
who usually is quite
rational and civil, becomes
consumed by hunting when he
throws a spear. More disturbing
incidents that point out humanity’s
violent instincts happen, like the
boys nearly killing Robert in their
reenactment of the hunt, and Jack’s
suggestion of using a littlun instead next time. Ralph knows that hunting the beast at night is bad idea, but agrees anyway because he doesn’t want to be seen as weak, and therefore a target. The most violence seen in the boys so far happens with the killing of the sow. Now, they don’t just kill the food as a source of food, but also mutilate its body, as they are driven by savage instincts. Yet again the violence increases again with the death of Simon. It is now clear that the boys to do want to kill for food; they just want to kill to kill. Ralph and Piggy even participate, as they are caught up in their instincts. They don’t snap out of it, like they did in the reenactment with Robert, and they don’t feel remorse like they did when the boy with the birthmark died either. Most of the boys have joined Jack’s tribe, showing that now savagery overpowers the order Ralph tires to uphold. Brutal acts continue in Jack’s tribe, as boys are harmed for no reason. Piggy’s death and the shattering of the conch establishes the final destruction of all ordered civilization. Although Ralph’s ordered group was very small, some order was still present. However now that Piggy died, and Sam and Eric are captured, only Ralph remains. The fire’s purpose from a means of rescues shifts into a murder weapon. The presence of an adult finally brings the boys back to what society calls normal. However, the incident is ironic, seeing how a participant in the real war rescues the boys in the middle of their own war. He lifted the conch. "Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.
(Page 22) - Chapter 1 "Him with the shell."
"Ralph! Ralph!"
"Let him be chief with the trumpet-thing."
(Page 22) - Chapter 1 "See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that! There isn't a tribe for you any more! The conch is gone - "
(Page 181) - Chapter 11 Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of the parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.
(Page 62) - Chapter 4
"I'm chief," said Ralph tremulously. "And what about the fire? And I've got the conch -"
"You haven't got it with you," said Jack, sneering.
"You left it behind. See, clever? And the conch doesn't count doesn't count at this end of the island."
(Page 150) - Chapter 9 "Ralph tried indignantly to remember. There was something good about a fire. Something overwhelmingly good." (Page 163) - Chapter 10 "Conch! Conch!" shouted Jack. "We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? It's time some people knew they've got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us." (Page 101-102) Chapter 6
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