Lord of the Flies

Chapter 11 Short Answers

1. Explain the role of the conch in this part of the story. What is its meaning for each of the characters? Is there a change in the conch? If so what is the nature of the change?

2. What important action does Roger take? What foreshadowing earlier prepares us as readers for this capability within Roger?

3. Why does Ralph run away?

4. What does Golding mean—“They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that concealing paint brought.”

5. What is Golding showing about the state of civilization or social order on the island? What symbol plays an important role and how?

6. Consider the actions and nature of Jack and Roger. What might Golding be suggesting about plot events to come?

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1. The conch always held great significance. It was a symbol of civilization; it meant democracy, order and decency. This was all the more vital to Piggy who continually cradles it amidst the destruction and chaos on the island. Boy's like Piggy need some semblance of order to exist. As the conch's symbolic meaning for "democracy" erodes, so does any chance of survival or redemption for the boys. It is apt that Golding destroys the conch at the same time as Piggy. The item that recalled civilization for the boys is destroyed along with the smart and gentle Piggy.

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