Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How is power developed in various ways throughout Lord of the Flies?

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One way in which Golding develops the theme of power in Lord of the Flies is through his use of symbols, particularly the conch, Piggy's glasses, and the painted masks.  All of these symbols come to represent some aspect of power among the boys.  The conch is the first symbol to represent control among the tribe of boys; they automatically connect the sound of the conch to the man with the megaphone at the airport, showing Ralph and Piggy "the same simple obedience"...

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