Lord Of The Flies

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Lord Of The Flies In Lord of the Flies, the boys figure out that everyday objects cane do more than what they are used for. Like fire can do more than just make heat. Glasses can do more than help someone see. Also shells are more than just beauty. William Golding used many different symbols in the novel, Lord of the Flies, but the most important ones were the conch, fire, and Piggy's glasses.

The conch represents power, authority, and order on the island. The boys use the conch to call meetings and to discuss issues on the island. When Ralph blows the conch for the first time all the other boys wonder what it is, so they come to the sound. That is how Ralph comes up with the idea of using the conch as a signal; to call meetings. When the boys call meetings they can't have everyone talking at the same time so Ralph comes up with the idea that the only person that can talk is the one who holds the conch.

When Ralph comes up with the idea the boys respect him and the conch. It shows how he is trying to set up some kind of order on the island. When Roger kills Piggy he drops the conch and it is shattered. When this happens Ralph loses what little power he had over the boys and is left at the mercy of Jack. The boys do not listen to Ralph because they do not have to now that the conch is broken. This shows that the boys respect the conch and the order that comes along with it.

Fire on the island symbolizes how the boys are to be rescued. If the boys are to leave the island they have to make...