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Anarchism that goes on in the book "lord of the flies" by William Golding.

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Mankind is inherently evil. Man would commit horrible crimes if there were no laws. If there were no laws in society, humans would have miserable lives. In William Golding's novel Lord Of The Flies, Golding proves that people are naturally evil. Golding uses the conch as a symbol of power, fire as a symbol of destruction, and Piggy as a symbol of civilization.

The conch is a symbol of power from the beginning of the novel when Ralph blows it. For example, Ralph wants to have rules and democracy on the island, and he wants to give power to everyone. "I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he is speaking, and he won't be interrupted." (33). His idea of giving power is good because in this way he is establishing equality on the island. Since Ralph has the most power, he should have divided people into groups and tell them what to do, so they would not run around and play. Another reason that the conch is a symbol of power is that everyone feels powerless, and he knows that they cannot talk without holding the conch. "Hands were reaching for the conch in the light of the setting sun." (81). With the conch everyone feels free to talk, and it is a sign of equality and democracy. People obey the rule, and they do not talk without holding the conch, which gives the conch power. At last when there is no conch and it has been destroyed, Ralph does not have any power and no one listens to him. "There isn't a tribe for you any more! The conch is gone." (181). Without the conch there is no equality on the island, and all the boys obey Jack. Ralph is the most powerless person on the island when the conch is gone.

Fire symbolizes destruction; it makes the most massive destruction on the island. When the children on the island flame the first fire, they destroy everything. They burn all of the plants that are around them. "Small flames stirred at the trunk of a tree and crawled a way the any the leaves and brush a wood dividing...