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Conch in Lord of the Flies

            In the beginning of the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys are all separated at different places around the island. Piggy and Ralph have come together and are wondering where the others are. It is mid-day and the plane they were on was mistaken for a different bad plane and it gets shot down and lands on this island in the middle of nowhere. This is when the separation of the boys takes place. The British boys will act like adults and try to survive on this island until they can be rescued. .
             The plane had already crashed; Piggy and Ralph were looking for the others. While the two boys were looking for the rest of the survivors, they noticed a creamy colored shell in the lagoon. '"Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Something creamy lay among the ferny weeds," A stone." No a shell"(Golding 15). The boys had just walked upon the conch shell and were discussing how Piggy's auntie had a shell and you could break the top off, blow it and the conch would make a loud whistling sound! They then realized they could use the conch to call the others and gather everyone on the island together. "A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum would come. It's ever so valuable-"(Golding 15).
             The conch brought everyone together. The other boys who were scattered around the island all came to the whistling loud sound of the conch, even jack and his choir. The boys formed a meeting. After the meeting was called the meeting they decided they needed to have a chief, have someone in charge to make decisions and be their chief. So they took a vote and because Ralph had the conch, the boys automatically wanted him to be in charge. ''I got the conch," said Piggy indignantly. "You let me speak!" (Golding 42). The conch represented power and authority. For example when your parents call you downstairs to eat or so something important, you come and do it.

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