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Inanimate objects are important to the overall meaning of Lord of the Flies and The American Dream The inanimate objects used are different but both support the thematic preoccupations of Lord of the Flies and The American Dream One object used in Lord of the Flies is the conch shell The conch is a symbol of order and civilization on the island However as the novel progresses the conch undergoes a transformation What once was a symbol of order turns in to a symbol of anarchy The theme of disorder is supported by the conch Civilization on the island like the conch disintegrates by the end of the novel The objects used in The American Dream are Grandmas boxes Grandmas boxes symbolize her life The boxes are Grandmas life she takes them everywhere she goes Throughout the play Grandma is considered a nuisance to the family One of themes of the American Dream is the belittlement of Grandma and elderly people by society Sadly Grandmas life of though ts and memories is reduced to fit in a bunch of boxes In Lord of the Flies the boys find the conch shell when their plane crashes on a tropical island The conch is vividly colored with shades of white and pink The chief of the boys Ralph blows the conch to call assembly on the island when the conch is blown the boys immediately gather in an orderly fashion for assembly Early in the novel the conch is a symbol of order on the island No matter where every boy is on the island the conch is a signal to immediately gather together at the platform By the time Ralph finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded Golding 32 Next Ralph makes the rule that whoever holds the conch is able to speak next at the meeting Ill give the conch to the next person to speak He can hold in when hes speaking
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