In Chapter Ten, Piggy attempts to come to a solution about everything that has transpired on the island and suggests that Ralph call an assembly. When Piggy tells Ralph that he has the conch, Ralph responds by laughing, which makes Piggy extremely upset. Piggy tells Ralph,
"Ralph! Stop laughing like that. Look, there ain’t no need, Ralph! What’s the others going to think?" (Golding, 224).
Piggy is portrayed as the most intelligent boy on the island and is a staunch proponent of civilization. The conch symbolically represents order, structure, and civilization, which are concepts that Piggy values and believes in. Piggy is fiercely protective of the conch, which reveals his affinity for civilization and order. When Ralph laughs at the conch, Piggy reacts strongly because he fears that Ralph has abandoned all hope of establishing a civil society on the uninhabited tropical island and will allow chaos to ensue. Piggy refuses to reject the conch like Jack and his savages and is willing to protect it with his life. As the most civilized, intelligent character on the island, Piggy reveres the conch and his attitude towards it reflects his civilized values.