Lord of the Flies Essay | Lord of the Flies: The Conch of Democracy

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Lord of the Flies: The Conch of Democracy

Summary: William Golding's novel The Lord of the Flies portrays the effects of society on the nature of human behavior. The conch, which is used by the boys to call assemblies and to represent the right of speech, symbolizes democracy, order, and authority in the novel. However, the conch loses its influence as the story progresses, and thus the boys begin to follow their animalistic desires into savagery and chaos.
The Conch of Democracy

What keeps a civilized person from losing their innocence and becoming a savage? In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a group of British schoolboys are stranded on an island after their plane was shot down during a war. Trapped on the island, the boys create a social order by using a conch to call upon assemblies and to represent the right of speech. In this allegoric novel, the conch, which is a delicate and fragile shell also used as a horn, represents democratic power, order, and as well as authority. However, as the story progresses, the conch that keeps the children civilized soon loses its influence, and many boys begin to follow their animalistic desires into savagery.

In the beginning of the novel when the boys find themselves stranded on an unknown territory, they are rational, civilized...

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