In Lord of the Flies, how does Ralph summon the others?

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lcassidy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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In chapter one of "The Lord of the Flies", Ralph and Piggy find a conch in the sand (a big sea shell).  In order to summon the others, hoping that they would follow the sound, he blows into the shell.  At that moment a deep loud noise was made and was heard throughout the forest.  After some time, this is how all of the children find one another.  Consequently, the conch becomes a symbol for order.  During one of their early meetings, the children determine that the person holding the conch will have the opportunity to speak freely, and that everyone else would listen.  Therefore, when the conch is destroyed later on in the novel, so is the order and civility within the group.