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The Powers in Lord of the Flies Power is used to show how it influences the boys on the island to lead them to become different people The conch shell and the sows head are the main points of power in Lord of the Flies which are completely opposite in meaning to each other Power controls the boys and their way of life on the island The symbols represent some sort of authority which people use to run the groups lives William Golding uses two main points of power that are dissimilar characters that are controlling of the boys and symbols as authority During the novel a conch shell and a sows skull are used as types of power but are different in meaning The hunters kill a pig and place its head on a stick for the beast 122 When Simon has spiritual moments with the head it begins to show an evil side to the innocent looking pigs head Except the skull plays a big part in the murder of Simon He continues to talk to the skull and it talks back to him which then frightens him On his way from the Lord of the Flies he saw the beast a dead parachuter and decided he should tell the others The beast was harmless and horrible and the news must reach the others as soon as possible131 He attempts to tell the others who mistaken him for the beast about his discovery and is killed The skull could then be considered as pure evil When the fire destroys the sows head the power of evil is destroyed because the naval officer shows up The conch shell represents good and peace throughout the boys and the island It is also a powerful symbol of order and civilization The boys use the conch shell to have meetings and have the right to speak Once the conch is broken
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