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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 …

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…their way. At the climax of the novel, Roger, one of the most ruthless of Jack’s tribe, murders Piggy and destroys the conch with a boulder, “the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” (Golding 181). When the conch is destroyed any civilization left on the island is gone. The theme of anarchy disrupting society is supported with the progressive disintegration of the conch in Lord of the Flies. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**