Lord of the Flies Essay | The Conch as a Symbol of Power in "Lord of the Flies"

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The Conch as a Symbol of Power in "Lord of the Flies"

Summary: In William Golding's "Lord of the Flies," the conch represents power. At first, the conch holds this power over the group of plane-crash survivors, but as uncivilized behavior ensues, the conch becomes broken and symbolically loses its power.
"Ralph grasped the idea and hit the shell with air from the diaphragm. Immediately the thing sounded. A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink granite of the mountain. Clouds of birds rose from the treetops, and something squealed and ran in the undergrowth." (Page 17). In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the conch represents power. At the beginning of the book the conch holds complete power over the group of kids. Towards the middle, everyone started losing interest in the conch and it became less powerful. Finally at the end, the conch was broken and all power that once was, is now gone. Throughout Lord of the Flies the conch starts out very powerful over the group of kids but by...

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