In the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" the main character and narrator, Paul, does a lot of thinking about the purpose of the war. He can be compared to Piggy from "Lord of the Flies" because they both question the actions of others. From the beginning of "Lord of the Flies" Piggy has been a silent leader and often questions the morality of others actions. He is one of the only boys who realize the change of the rest of the people on the island. He understands that the boys are slowly becoming less civilized and ritualistic. He also questions the barbaric nature of the hunt and other activities. Piggy also realizes the power of certain of objects like the conch or his glasses. Many of these aspects can be compared to Paul from "All Quiet on the Western front". He sees the importance of many things and their influence on the men. As the story progresses Paul also questions the legitimacy and morality of the war. He establishes that the people on the other side of the trenches are just like them and they shouldn't be the enemy. He also sees the pain, suffering and inhumanity of the war. This can also be compared to Piggy because he too questions the harsh actions of others in their forced environment.
During a meeting of the conch Piggy shouts “Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?”. This shows Piggy's understand of whats actually going on
The conch shell in "Lord of the flies" is used to call meeting and is therefore a symbol of power within the group