"S'right. It's a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone's back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum would come. It's ever so valuable--" (Golding 15). Piggy says this quote when he and Ralph first see the shell. His comments set up two aspects of the shell that will come into play later in the novel: the idea of using the shell to call the other boys to a meeting. The conch shell is a symbol of power Ralph holds over the other boys.
The Face Paint
“I know. They didn’t come for the conch. They came for something else. Ralph – what am I going to do? Far off along the bowstave of the beach, three figures trotted toward the castle rock […]. The chief led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses." (Golding 102) Piggy’s glasses have become the most powerful item on the island. It is interesting that Piggy initially thinks of the conch; to him, order and law are more valuable than anything else.
"On one side the air was cool, but on the other the fire thrust out a savage arm of heat that crinkled hair on the instant." (Golding 44) The fire is an important symbol in The Lord of the Flies. It represents civility and the boy's hopes for rescue, but, in the case of the forest fire, it also demonstrates how the boys can quickly lose control over a powerful and deadly force.
" For hunting Like in the war. you know-dazzle paint. like things trying to look like something else-". "Come on I'll creep up and stab-" the mask compelled them" (Golding91) When the boys in lord of the flies put on face paint it creates another appearance for them that comes with a new personality which allows them to find inhuman and savage things tolerable.
"What I mean is... maybe it's only us" (Golding 89) As soon as these words leave Simon's mouth, a riot of bewilderdness and anger rises in the boys. They cant seem to comprehend what Simon is trying to express, and interpret it the wrong way. Even Simon isn't quite sure what he is trying to portray when he says this.
" You wouldn't care to help with the shelters, i suppose?" " We want meat" " And we don't get it" " But I shall! Next time! I've got to get a barb on this spear! We wounded a pig and the spear fell put. If we could only make barbs-" (Golding 58) Jack is a great example of ID because of his savagery blood lust and his inhuman thirst for violence.