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Who found the conch in Lord of the Flies?

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dude118 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2009 at 12:04 AM via web

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Who found the conch in Lord of the Flies?

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danylyshen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 8, 2009 at 2:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Piggy and Ralph find the conch in the novel when they are exploring the lagoon. They work together with Ralph working the palm sapling and Piggy reaching until they retreive the conch from the water. They then discuss how its valuable and how if you blew into its abdomen, it would emit a loud horn sound.the conch becomes a very important symbol of order and communication in the novel. It symbolizes communication and working together just as Piggy and Ralph needed to do in getting it out of the water.

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brbrowne | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2009 at 2:55 AM (Answer #2)

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The conch was found by Piggy but was retrieved by Ralph. The significance of this is related to the symbolism of the characters. Piggy is the most intelligent, the one who has ideas, but he is unable to get others to follow him. He  has to  pass ideas (and the conch) on to those with  leadership capabilities (Ralph).

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kimbey | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2009 at 5:43 AM (Answer #3)

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Piggy found it and gave it to Ralph to use to call everyone together

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