A figurehead or concept is worshipped by citizens.
The conch shell is seen as this symbol of authority and is well respected
There is environmental destruction and people do not trust the natural world.
The boys are afraid of the beast on the island
Citizens live in a dehumanized state
Jack starts to look like a savage wearing face paint
"Most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there wasthe conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them onthe platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart." (Golding 29).
"To Ralph, seated, this seemed the breaking up of sanity. Fear, beasts, nogeneral agreement that the fire was all-important: and when one triedto get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh,unpleasant matter" (Golding 125).
"He made one cheek and one eye-socketwhite, then he rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed ablack bar of charcoal across from right ear to left jaw"(Golding 89).