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Lord of the flies symbol timeline

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Bergen Onufer

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Lord of the flies symbol timeline

Evidence and analysis #1 Evidence #2,3,4 and 5 Analysis for Evidence 2-5 Evidence #6-8 Later on in the novel, the conch begins to lose its importance and overall power. The conch that once symbolized order, civilization, leadership and power now had no relevance in the boy's island society. As the boys descended into savageness, the conch started to have less and less importance due to the boys little interest in being civilized. Ralph was not the most obvious leader, he wasn't as forward as Jack and he wasn't as intelligent as Piggy. The Conch was the one thing that called all the boys together and created order. Therefore, when blows the conch, he is immediately associated with being the most organized and adult like. "I got the conch, I got the right to speak...I got the conch! Just you listen!"(45) In the beginning chapters of Lord of the Flies, the conch holds great power and importance in the boy's colonies. The conch symbolized leadership and order. It was the one thing that had the power to gather all of the boys and let someone speak without interruption. The conch was one of the last ties the boys had to civilization and adult like behavior. "We don't need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things"(101-102) Analysis for evidence #6-8 Lord of the Flies Symbols "There was his size, and attractive appearance and most obscurely, yet most powerfully there was the conch"(22) "He held the shell up instead and showed it them and they understood"(99). "I bet if I blew the conch this minute, they'd come running"(51). "Ralph laid the conch on the trunk beside him as a sign that the speech was over"(82). "They didn't come for the conch" (168) Ralph continued to blow until his ears were singing with the effort. "No use" (169) Thesis: In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the author uses the conch to represent leadership and order.
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