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					    In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies the Conch represents power and order. Power is represented
by the fact that you have to be holding it to speak, and Order is displayed by the meetings or gathe
rings that its used to call and hold.             The Conch’s power is presented in the very beginning on pg
22 as the children vote for Ralph to be chief just because he was the one with the Conch. ‘ "Hi
m with the shell." "Ralph! Ralph!" "Let him be chief with the trumpet thing&quot
; ‘ this excerpt from pg 22 shows how everybody seems to think that power, responsibility and leader
ship skills comes from the Conch. Another Example of the Conch’s Power is the fact that through out
the book the conch is the only tool that can call a meeting and wherever the Conch is thats where th
e meeting is. No other symbol in Lord of the Flies holds so much power. This is one of the reasons
that Jack Merridew disrespects the Conch. He wants to break the spell the symbol has on everybody. H
e wants to prove that he is the rightful leader.                The Conch also displays order through the rule th
at you must have the Conch to Speak in an assembly or meeting. "And another thing. We can’t hav
e everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘hands up’ like at school." At first everyone t
hinks that this is the best method to maintain order but soon they find out how quickly the power of
 the conch is abused by Ralph and Jack. On pg 89 While Simon is trying to speak Ralph and Jack try t
o get him to sit down. " ‘Sit down’ ‘Shut up’ ‘take the Conch!’ ‘Sod you’ ‘ Shut up!’ " Th
is shows early on that the Order is starting to fall apart, fortunatly Ralph doesn’t become a corrup
t leader he keeps his head on straight which causes the others to get restless. They want to have fu
n but Ralph being the leader doesn’t have a choice some things need to be done in order to stay civi
lized. Jack on the other hand decides to separate and build his own "Tribe" he uses catchy
 words like "We’ll hunt and have fun" but in actuality Ralph’s group which is declining is
 the safer and the more fun of the two. Here’s an excerpt on pg 92 that shows that Ralph is losing
control of Jack and the Conch is loosing its effect on the other kids. " ‘Blow the Conch Ralph’
 Piggy was so close that Ralph could see the glint of his one glass ‘There’s the fire can’t they see
?’ ‘ You got to be tough now. Make’ em do what you want." Here Ralph and Piggy are debating whe
ther or not to blow the conch and call the rampaging kids back to the assembly. This is the beginnin
g when Ralph starts to lose control. However this instance however is not the only one. Later on in
the story the Conch’s power, order and "divine" influence completely falls apart. Pg 140
provides a good example of this deterioration "Listen all of you. Me and my hunter s, we’re liv
ing along the beach on a flat rock. We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join the tribe co
me and see us. Perhaps will let you join. Perhaps not." Here Jack starts to act more like a kid
 instead of a leader and the Conch has nee completely forgotten about.                       These two paragraphs expres
s the law and order that came with the Conch, and also the deterioration of this symbol. After the d
eterioration of the Conch everything goes downhill until the hunting tribe becomes complete and tota
l savages!      -------------------------------------------------------------- william golding lord fli
es conch represents power order power represented fact that have holding speak order displayed meeti
ngs gatherings that used call hold conch power presented very beginning children vote ralph chief ju
st because with conch quot with shell quot quot ralph ralph chief with trumpet thing this excerpt fr
om shows everybody seems think that responsibility leadership skills comes from another example fact
 through book only tool call meeting wherever thats where meeting other symbol lord flies holds much
 this reasons jack merridew disrespects wants break spell symbol everybody wants prove rightful lead
er also displays order through rule must have speak assembly meeting another thing have everybody ta
lking once hands like school first everyone thinks this best method maintain soon they find quickly
abused jack while simon trying speak jack down down shut take shut shows early starting fall apart f
ortunatly doesn become corrupt leader keeps head straight which causes others restless they want bei
ng leader doesn choice some things need done stay civilized other hand decides separate build tribe
uses catchy words like hunt actuality group which declining safer more here excerpt shows losing con
trol loosing effect other kids blow piggy close could glint glass there fire they tough make what wa
nt here piggy debating whether blow call rampaging kids back assembly beginning when starts lose con
trol however instance however only later story divine influence completely falls apart provides good
 example deterioration listen hunter living along beach flat rock hunt feast want join tribe come pe
rhaps will join perhaps here starts more like instead completely forgotten about these paragraphs ex
press came also deterioration symbol after deterioration everything goes downhill until hunting trib
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