William Golding, Lord of the flies Penguin Study Notes

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In William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, the conch shell holds the power of the boys who are on the island. William Golding, Lord of the flies Penguin Study Notes PDF EBookThe conch shell either brings them together or forces them apart.From the very beginning when Piggy finds the conch and when Ralph blows the shell, all the boys gather for a meeting.There are several examples of the power of the conch shell throughout the story.At one point, “Ralph grasped the idea and hit the shell with air from his diaphragm. Immediately the thing sounded.A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms. . .A child had appeared among the palms, about a hundred yards along the beach” (p21).This is just one of many instances where the power of the conch shell is indicated.This particular example shows that the conch is able to bring the boys together.
Throughout the book, the conch was used for the purpose of gathering the boys, but it was also used for many other purposes.Ralph was elected to be chief because he called the group together, and he was holding the conch.When in a meeting, the boys were only able to speak when they were holding the conch.This continued on until chapter 10 when the boys were having a meeting.“If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; download; then we’ve had it.We shan’t keep the fire going.We’ll be like animals.We’ll never be rescued. . . If you don’t blow, we’ll soon be animals anyway.I can’t see what they’re doing, but I can hear” (p130).In this paragraph, Ralph knows no one will listen, he is aware that his authority has been taken away, and that the conch is now powerless.However, the conch is still used in the next chapters for a very different reason.Jack realizes that the conch shell does still have a lot of power in it, and he uses the conch to influence the other boys to come to his tribe.
Although, the power of the conch shifts throughout the story, it is always a prominent item.It is a symbol of power, of leadership and of the way the group of boys chooses to govern themselves. Like this book? Read online this: Moon Shell Beach, Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place & Lunar Caustic (Penguin Modern Classics).

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