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What is the symbolism of the conch in Lord of the Flies?

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konrad14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 26, 2007 at 11:38 PM via web

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What is the symbolism of the conch in Lord of the Flies?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 26, 2007 at 11:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Good question!

Holding the conch gives individuals the right to speak in public gatherings, and therefore, the conch symbolizes a commitment to civilized society, and to a kind of democratic inclusivity in the decision making process.

It matters, therefore, when people start ignoring the conch, that they stumble across the conch essentially by accident--and that it breaks. When it breaks, that's a sign that society is breaking down.

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dozzabird | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2008 at 10:42 PM (Answer #3)

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if smash a conch shell it is a sign that civillized order has collapsed

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