What are some quotes about the conch shell being used in Lord of the Flies with page numbers? These can be any quotes about the shell being used or talked about.

The conch is an important symbol in Lord of the Flies and is used and talked about many times throughout the novel. One important quote about the conch, and how it seems to grant power and authority to Ralph, can be found in Chapter One: “But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.”

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(I'm not sure how our page numbers will line up. I am using the Perigree Book published by the Penguin Company, for reference. It has a green fly resting on a boy in a black uniform on the cover.)

In chapter 5, after another confrontation between Jack and Ralph over hunting the beast and maintaining order on the island, Jack rushes away with his group of hunters. Piggy tells Ralph that he has to "make 'em do what you want." Ralph responds:

If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it. We shan't keep the fire going. We'll be like animals. We'll never be rescued. (92)

Ralph thus realizes the limited power of the conch. Although they all agree that it represents a source of power and authority, the ultimate leadership comes from people—in this case, that should be Ralph. And he realizes that he lacks the abilities to be the real leader the group needs. Thus:

Ralph raised the conch to his lips and then lowered it. (92)

Ralph isn't confident that the either he or the conch hold the...

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