The conch shell plays a big part in Ralph’s authority and order. His leadership skills, along with the conch by his side, is what made the other kids on the island listen and idolize him. Golding glorifies the power of Ralph and his conch shell in order to represent control, which is important to the ongoing order and regulation of the boys throughout their time on the island. Without the shell, there would be no order among the lives of the boys on the uninhabited island. In addition to Ralph promoting the power of the conch, Jack also agrees and emphasizes that in order to run a society, there must be a strong and rational set of rules that needs to be followed.
Due to the fact, that Piggy is always with Ralph, his rationality helps keep Ralph from becoming a savage similar to the other boys. Piggy is the thinker; he is the logical side that supports order and civility. Piggy continues his efforts to stop the boys from joining Jack when he exclaims, “‘Which is better –to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?’...’Which is better –to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill? Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?’” (Golding, 180). Piggy tries to convince the boys that Castle Rock isn’t as good as the boys think by talking about civility.
Ralph seems genuinely interested in the welfare of the community on the island. Ralph is the one that initiates the meeting, by blowing the conch that him and Piggy found on the beach. All of the littluns looked up to Ralph and his amazing stature, and they all voted for him to be their leader of the island. He keeps working vigilantly to keeps the groups focus on trying to get home. Ralph makes very cautious and smart decisions for the island, like building the huts on the beach, and making a signal fire.
The conch symbolizes law, order, civility, respect and power. When the boys held meetings around the camp fire, only the bearer of the conch had permission to speak. The speaker with the conch is supposed to be respected by the group and heard. With the struggle to obtain the conch, it represented the desire and hunger of power that humans possess and the struggles of creating a hierarchy. The conch was the beginning of their civilization, but was ultimately the destruction of its cause.
The one who gets the conch would have the power. At the beginning of the story, Ralph finds the conch. He blows the conch and gathers all children to the platform for making a meeting. During the election of the chief, the symbol of power is shown, the conch. “Him with the shell…broke into applause” (Golding 16-17).
Ralph’s interpretation of the conch is power and authority; Whoever is holding the conch gets to speak, and it is Ralph who declared this rule. For Piggy, the conch represents order and reasonable thinking, because the conch is what holds civilization together and keeps the boys from becoming savage. As for Jack, his interpretation of the conch is that it holds rules, because it limits him from doing what he wants. In Lord of the Flies, the conch represents authority to Ralph, order to Piggy, and rules to Jack. Ralph is introduced in chapter one as a privileged boy with blonde
1. “I expect we’ll want to know all their names,” said the fat boy, “and make a list. We ought to have a meeting.” (11) I: Piggy We’ll: All of the boys they found The significance of this quote is that it helps Piggy and Ralph decide how to compensate and organize everyone respectively. They are trying to know each person they found to communicate and support each other to find ways to survive and get off the island. 2.
Ralph is first introduced as the fair boy who is a natural born leader. He applies Piggy’s intelligence to think of a way to summon the other survivors on the island. Ralph follows through with Piggy’s idea and uses the conch which emits a loud sound that can be hear through the island. The sound eventually lures the group of boys towards them. His leader instincts are best portrayed when he’s able to side with Jack after offering to share his power: “The suffusion drained away from Jack’s face.
Through the allegorical characters, William Golding pictures different ways of running a society, and how good intentions can turn into disasters. In the start of the novel Ralph and Piggy finds a conch shell and use it to summon the other boys. Through the rest of the novel the boys use the conch to
Cheas, Trevor: In the book/film Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the character Piggy wears "thick spectacles." These spectacles, or as Piggy calls them, "specs," play a signifigant role in this story. They represent the ability to not only see, but also the ability to think logically and be mature. Without his glasses, Piggy is completely helpless, and his immediate first priority is to get them back as soon as they are gone from his head. In chapter two, Fire on the Mountain, the boys are attempting to light a fire to signal nearby planes or ships to come rescue them.
In terms of communication, Ralph is always talking to the littleuns on the island making sure they are okay and not scared or worried about anything. By communicating and getting to know the other boys, Ralph exhibits his leadership skills with understanding the others not just himself. John Kotter, another HBS professor argues the importance of telling the hard truths. "Great leadership does not mean running away from reality," (Blagg and Young 1). Piggybacking off of communication from Ralph, Ralph also takes the time to explain to the boys exactly what position they are in and no lies are said.