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In Lord of the Flies, what are the most important symbolic events in chapters 11 and 12? Please provide details and if possible quotes. Thank you.

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By chapter 11 of Lord of the Flies, there have been many changes. Simon is dead and Ralph has lost much of his control as leader. At the end of chapter 10, Jack steals Piggy 's glasses, removing even more of Ralph's power. Piggy has also changed but he has become more determined and feels he can stand up to Jack when previously he would not have done so. Piggy still believes that the conch (the symbol of good order and democracy) is the key to maintaining order. It is important that the boys intend to face Jack even though Jack's face paint gives him a kind of "liberation into savagery." One important symbolic event, which leads to the main event of Piggy's death, is that the boys will demand the return of Piggy's glasses and as the glasses represent the ability to make rational decisions, it is crucial that they are returned if there is any hope for the boys. The animosity between Ralph and Jack is on full view and Piggy needs to remind Ralph why they came to Jack's camp. However, despite...

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