The Power Of The Conch Essay Research — страница 2

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Golding’s theme which is as follows: “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature”. The conch shell represents the ideal values of a civilized man. These ideal values can be corrupted by man’s natural instinct of self-preservation. Man will do what is ultimately best for his own interests. Golding uses the conch to open our eyes as the reader to the many flaws and defects in our own thoughts and philosophies. Golding ultimately gets his message across through the shattering of the conch shell, because that is when total anarchy breaks out.