The shell symbolizes order, control, and civilization
- "I'll give the conch to the next person to speak"(Golding 33). The conch is being used to keep order over a large group of people and no one is questioning the authority of the holder.
- "I got the conch"(Golding 83). This shows one of the boys using the conch to show that he is allowed to speak and everyone needs to be quiet and listen.
- "That's what you'll get! I meant that! there isn't a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone-"(Golding 181). the shell has been destroyed and jack uses the opportunity to turn some of Ralph's group into savages.