Directions: Choose one or more of the essay topics below, and write a summary (in English!) of Lord of the Flies, focusing on the questions below. Your essay should be between 250-300 words. Be sure to include your name, class name, and date. Hand in on Fronter.
2. What is the symbolism of the conch? Why does it seem to have so much power? What characteristics does it have in common with what it appears to symbolize?
In my view, the conch symbolizes a lot of things. T most important one is democracy. This is because everyone is allowed to claim the conch, so everyone is equal. It is also symbolizes power, as the person who holds the conch has the right to speak, this is Ralph’s first rule. Less important and visible are that the conch is a symbol for leadership. That is because Ralph found the conch and because of that the littluns attribute much power to Ralph and as a result of that, they choose Ralph as their leader. Also it symbolizes civilization, because if the conch is blown the children gather and they act at least a little civilized. During their gatherings, they try to mimic their parents’ way of behavior. This in contrary to most other situations in the book. During those meetings, trying to be grown-ups, they can clearly remember how it used to be at home, where their parents are. So, the conch is that way also a symbol for hope, the hope and believe that they will be rescued. The characteristics of the conch have a lot in common with what it symbolizes. A tough, powerful exterior, beautiful from the outside. However, the beautiful color fades away the longer the boys are on the island. That is coherent with losing faith to be rescued from the island. The fading of the color is also happening in the same timeframe as the ‘fading’ of civilization. The shell is further on harmless, but when it's blown it gives the boys reassurance that they will be rescued.