Lord Of the Files

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In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Golding shows how terrifying it could be for a bunch of young boys to be trapped on an island with no civilization around. He uses many symbols, along with the emotions and thoughts of the young boys trapped on the island to enhance the overall story. The symbols that best bring out the overall meaning of the story is the conch, Piggy's glasses, and the most important one of all, the Lord of the Flies.

The conch shows the start of a civilization and rules, but the children cannot make a civilized place without order, which they do not have. The conch symbolizes the organization of the boys. We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us. (Golding, P.16) The conch was like a trumpet that the boys were used to hearing from their leader, a grown up.

Where's the man with the trumpet? (Golding, P.16) When Ralph first blew into the conch, the scattered children from all around the island heard the sound and slowly made their way towards the platform, and had their first meeting. The conch also symbolizes order. At a meeting, the children decided that they needed rules, and one of the rules was that only whoever had the conch might speak. "Conch?" "That's what this shell's called. I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking. (Golding, P.33) Only the person holding the conch could speak, the others without the conch were expected to listen quietly.

The conch first appeared in the story when Piggy and Ralph saw it in the lagoon. Ralph thought that it was a stone in the water, but Piggy saw it and knew that...