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Lord of the Flies

Imagine yourself lost on an island with three other people you barely even know. In are eyes this is a scary feeling when all think about ever seening yourself in a situation like this. While unfortunely this can happen not to us but to somebody else. In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding are numbers of boys who are under twelve years old stuck on an island after a plans crash. In the story there are four main characters name Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon who are the oldest of the boys. On the island there are many conflicts. In the beginning Ralph was the leader and everyone had a job they were responsible and keep up until they were rescue. Many of the boys start to lack off especially Jack’s who was in charge of hunting. 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. At the meetings who ever has the conch shell in there hands they have the right to speak quote "We can't have everybody talking at once. We'll have to have 'Hands up' like at school."(page 33) With the to help the group hunt for food, build shelters, and find any empty areas were they can have a restroom at and to survive on the island. All boys had a jobs and they had to keep to up by Ralph’s orders. From the start all boys respect the conch and fellow the rules of the island accept for Jack who believe at the beginning he should the new leader and that Ralph was a weak leader. Later Jack begin to ignore Ralph’s orders and at ever meeting Jack always going against Ralph’s word and he eventually leaves the group. After Jack leaves the group Ralph slowly loses respect from another boys. Around this time Jack begin to start his own tribe, which made many of the boys seek away from Ralph’s camp. With the conch losing of all it’s power Jack is taking over Ralph’s camp. While Ralph was blowing the conch the boys begin throwing stones telling him to leave, suddenly Jack and hunters find Ralph and Jack warning him to leave but Ralph refuse which leads the both of them in a fight. Piggy who was with Ralph the whole time telling them to stop fighting trying to peace with both them until Roger another form the island rolls the boulder towards Piggy and hits and breaks the conch. Now the power has shifted from Ralph to Jack. Jack has proved that he will do anything be leader on the island. After Piggy is killed and the conch is gone Ralph has no control on the island and now afriad of Jack's tribe is after to get him.

Piggy's glasses

Piggy who the biggest boy in the group. He is the second captain to Ralph and intelligent. Piggy's glasses is the main symbol to keep fire on the mountain top quote "His specs use them as burning glasses!" (page 40). Ralph uses his lenses to focus on the sun for fire. With Piggy's lenses this is way for them to keep fire on the mountain to be rescue. The boys on the island and Jack picks with Piggy and sometimes takes his glasses because they knew he can't see without them. Ralph begins to be frustrated with them not thinking beening focus on keeping the fire. After Jack leaves the group and start his own tribe Piggy become a target to them. Jack

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