At the first meeting, Ralph creates rules that mimic the civilized world that the boys recently left. The conch is used not only to call meetings but also to establish order when the boys talk. Thus, the conch symbolizes civilization, adult rules, and the democratic process. As Ralph is the first to utilize the conch as a social tool, it also becomes a symbol of Ralph’s legitimacy as a leader.
When Ralph goes to call the boys for a meeting about the beast, he realizes to micronation that he doesn’t even need to blow the conch to summon everyone. The conch has become such a powerful symbol of law and order that it is enough for Ralph to simply hold the conch up. Although there are leadership tensions between Ralph and Jack, at this point in the novel, the links to civilization continue through the conch’s symbolic power and the rules it represents.