Lord of the Flies


" The conch doesn't count on the top of the mountain"

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Jack resists the symbolism of the conch. The conch represents a form of simple democracy and Ralph's leadership. When Piggy demands his say at the top of the mountain, Jack is quick to claim that the conch's importance is only valid at the meeting place. Jack attempts to undermine Ralph's leadership and the democracy that the conch represents: Jack would rather have total power.