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Lord of The Flies

In the classic novel, The Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. Golding uses the conch, Ralph and The Lord of the Flies to represent this symbolism. The conch is obviously more than a symbol Golding had used this to show it was an actual vessel of a political legitimacy and democratic order. The conch represented all democracy, order and moral integrity that lied within the boys. The break of order had came through when the conch had came crashing down. “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away” [Ch.5 p.82]. The boys action after that expressed natures defects in society, the evil that resides within man. In order to have rules you have to have a leader to set them. Ralph was the character who possessed the characteristics of leadership and civilization. Ralph's job was to lay down rules and to organize a society with one of his true friends, Piggy who represented the sensibility. Ralph did not realize how true a friend Piggy was till the conch came crashing down along with the fall of Piggy. Soon, after that destruction really proceeds, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”[Ch.12 p.84] Through all this Ralph and Piggy had remained in conflict with a tall, thin, bony, redheaded, freckled, ugly boy [Ch.5 p.184] who was Jack. A character that represented savagery. “He began to dance and his laughter became a blood thirsty snarling.”[Ch.4 p.58] This is how Jack would act when he went on a lust for hunting. He was also the one who brought out most the evil and savagery within the boys. Lord of the Flies was a symbol showing the evil that lies within society. The destructiveness lies in all people it’s the dark side of human nature. When Jack impaled this severed sows head on a stake and he had stated that “this head w...

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