Of Mice and Men. New York, NY: Penguin, 1993. Print. Steinbeck, John. "Chapter 06."
Soon after Ralph and Piggy blow on the conch shell, many other boys find their way to the beach. The group of young boys decide they need to form some sort of society. They vote that one of the older boys should be the leader of the group. Right away Ralph wants to c... ... middle of paper ... ...m each other in age, they tend to have different views of being on their own. Huck was living with others and ran away to be on his own, and Ralph was sent on his own because of a plane crash and is trying to be saved.
William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is the perfect allegory to man’s inherent evilness. A group of boys, British students, comprised of children who are approximately in their middle childhood gets marooned on a desert island somewhere in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean after their plane crashed. The boys are the only survivors. Except for a musical choir, led by a certain Jack Merridew, the boys have never met each other and have no established leadership. “The book portrays their descent into savagery; left to themselves in a paradisiacal country, far from modern civilization, the well-educated children regress to a primitive state” (Lord of the Flies).
Evil is within all of humanity, humanity can transition from civilization to savagery without the walls of society present. One of Ralph’s best character traits is his leadership. Good leadership is an important part of keeping a civilization in order. Ralph demonstrates his strong leadership early on in the novel. He knows if the island does not have rules and order it will be completely ch... ... middle of paper ... ...dea of being free overcame them as well as fear.
Authors often use symbols to convey a theme or main idea to the reader. In the Lord of the Flies a group of British schoolboys are stranded on an island during the third world war. They are left on the island to fend for themselves without any adults. The boys must create a civilization for themselves or risk being consumed by savagery. The Lord of the Flies uses symbols like the conch, the pig's head, and even the boys themselves to convey the theme that without civilization and rules we turn into savages.
Ralph and Jack never saw eye to eye during the novel because Jack at the same wanted to be leader of his own tribe. Besides all the chaos within the group there are three major symbols that conch shell, Piggy’s glasses and the fire that had everyone’s attention and also savage each other on the island. Conch shell At the start of the novel Piggy and Ralph both discover this conch shell. The conch shell is the most powerful symbol on the island. The conch shell symbolized to bring the boys together to discuss their meetings on the island.
William Golding had said that his novel Lord of the Flies was symbolic from the beginning to the end. This book is filled with many symbols that are changed throughout the book. Lord of the flies is a book about a group of boys that get stranded on an island after their plane crashes down and they have to live without civilization. The boys end up splitting up into two groups which are lead by Jack and Ralph. Jacks group is all about hunting while Ralphs group uses their knowledge to get rescued.
They use it as a horn to call any other survivors there may be on the island after the plane crash separates them all. The conch indicates order and civilization in The Lord of the Flies. The shell efficiently governs the boys’ daily assembly; whichever boy has the shell in his hands has the right to speak with no disturbance. In this sense, the conch is less a symbol and more of an actual vessel of self- governing authority. In the novel, as the boys’ self-made civilization diminishes and the boys slowly turn to savagery, the conch loses its “power” and influence amongst the boys.