Whoever in control of conch has authority over the people. a. “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking. But–. Look–. And he won’t be interrupted. Except by me. ” (Golding, 33) i. Ralph establishes himself as a leader of the people when he states that only he can interrupt the person with conch. ii. The possession of the conch symbolizes the democratic traditions by giving every person a chance to make their voice be heard. iii. Throughout the novel there is a constant struggle in authority among the people.
Possession of the conch gives the person authority and set rules. 4. Ralph uses the conch to ensure the People’s safety and gives them hope. a. “The simple statement, unbacked by any proof but the weight of Ralph’s new authority, brought light and happiness. He had to wave the conch before he could make them hear them. ” (Golding, 37) i. The conch starts to give hope to the people. ii. Using the authority of the conch, Ralph looks out for the people by building a fire to get the attention of a ship to rescue them. The Conch again shows democratic traditions. iii.
Golding wants the conch to represent democratic ideals while still showing authority and making sure the one with authority does what’s right for the good of the people. 5. Apart from governing elements such as order and authority, the conch represented civilization or society that is strong but fragile. a. “Careful! You’ll break it” (Golding, 15) I. Piggy points out the delicacy of the conch but Piggy’s comment shows the fragility of civilization. II. One wrong act can break the conch and ultimately destroy civilization. III. This shows that the conch is valuable and precious.
Destruction of the conch would bring upon anarchy. Golding wants to show the reader how precious and fragile civilization is through the conch shell. 6. Ralph brings the people together as one whole society or civilization and maintains order and authority along with this civilization. a. “We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing and falling off the log…not for making jokes, or for…cleverness. Not for these things. But to put things straight. ” (Golding, 79) i. The conch is basically used to govern the people of the island. ii.
The conch symbolizes cooperation and a civilization by bringing the people together ensuring authority and order through doing what is right for the community as a whole. iii. Without maintaining this balance, the conch shell will fall apart and tear civilization into turmoil and anarchy. 7. The conch shell came to represent the order, authority and civilization. The conch shell is symbolized as fragile and delicate. The shell is used to maintain order and give authority. Through this symbolism the conch shell was like a reflection of a democratic society where the people would be together as one community and cooperate.
This democratic society would have order and have a leader who would do what is right for the benefit of the people and respect their voices. Since this conch was symbolized as fragile, if the conch broke then this democratic society would be destroyed and turn into an anarchy with no laws or rules or authority. Golding wants the conch shell to be preserved and protected, so no harm can be done to do this and maintain power and civilization. Ralph uses the conch to govern the people and shows them the importance of the conch. In a way, Ralph could be just like the conch shell.