Why does Piggy cling to the conch until the very end? Why do Jack’s “savages” destroy the conch?

Why does Piggy cling to the conch until the very end? Why do Jack’s “savages” destroy the conch?

Piggy and Ralph see the conch as a symbol of order. Piggy continues to believe in the conch’s effectiveness as a regulating principle even when most of the boys actively disregard it. In doing so, Piggy represents a naive belief in the conch’s effectiveness. Both he and Ralph are unable to come up with other means to encourage order on the island. Indeed, they fail to recognize that the conch has lost its effectiveness. Unlike Piggy, Ralph holds on to the conch mainly for the power he believes he derives from it.

Though Jack’s savages no longer heed to the conch’s call, they realize that Ralph views it as a symbol of power and order. They destroy the conch not just to show that Ralph has lost his power but also to indicate that savagery has triumphed over order on the island.

 
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