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Is there a capability for evil in every human being William Golding answers this question through the use of symbolism in his novel Lord of the Flies Ralph Jack Piggy and the other boys of the choir find themselves stranded on a deserted island Quickly the island is divided into two sides the intelligent and logical and the brave and inhumane A struggle for power turns into a life or death situation between the two sides while nothing is being accomplished Golding uses the symbols of the conch fire and Jack to elaborate and prove that we all have the capacity for evil in us The conch brings out both power and callousness in the boys For example the boys have called a meeting using the conch to discuss the fire on the mountain Jack insults Piggy interrupting him at the same time Piggy retaliates I got the conch Piggy said bleakly Golding 40 The conch is supposed to give Piggy power and respect because the boys agreed it is supposed to be used when someone wants to talk It is the only thing that gives the meetings any order This object of order is not being taken seriously In addition when Ralph Piggy and Samneric go to get the glasses back from Jack two of their former friends block them He put the conch to his lips and began to blow Savages appeared painted out of recognition 175 The conch that all the boys agreed would represent a boys time to speak is calling others to hurt To Jack and his followers it is a signal to fight and to attack The conch went from a representation of order to a war-call Furthermore when Piggy is trying to yell over Jack and gain power Ralph watches speechless unable to help Piggy By him stood Piggy still holding the talisman conchthe rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee the conch exploded
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