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Human nature is a strongly debated topic People have different views about human nature Golding believes that humans are inherently evil and when they lose touch with civilization they revert to their savage ways In the novel Lord of the Flies William Golding uses symbols to show his view about human nature Three symbols that show his view about human nature are the conch the specs and the fire The conch is a symbol that shows Goldings view about human nature The conch symbolizes unity and order In the beginning of the novel Ralph blew the conch and all the kids came out of the forest Meanwhile Ralph continued to blow till voices shouted in the forest 18 By bringing the boys together the conch symbolizes unity The conch also symbolizes order When the boys are in a meeting only the boy with the conch can speak Ill give the conch to the next person to speak 33 The conch symbolizes order by helping keep order during the meetings As the novel progresses the conch starts to fade and is later destroyed Exposure to the air had bleached the yellow and pink to near white and transparency 78 The fading of the conch is parallel to the deterioration of the boys society At the near end of the novel Roger rolls a boulder on Piggy who is holding the conch and the conch is destroyed The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist 181 When the conch exploded civilization had crumbled and the boys had reverted to their savage instincts Unity and order are a part of civilization Without unity and order civilization cannot exist The specs are another symbol that shows Goldings view about human nature The specs symbolize technology and civilization The specs are used by the boys to light the fire
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