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Lord Of The Flies Fire Symbolism

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The Lord of The Flies is set during WWII and is about a group of boys getting stranded on an island. Symbols in The Lord of The Flies areis a huge part of the story, but the signal fire, in my opinion, is the most significant one. The fire It symbolizes hope and rescue, and savagery. The author, William Golding, does a great job with displaying this. In the beginning of the novel, Ralph wants to start a signal fire in case a ship comes by the island. This is good because it shows that the kids want to get off of the island and don’t want to be stranded there. There is a little conflict here because Jack and the choir boys want to go hunting, but Ralph wants to build the signal fire. Jack helps Ralph start the fire. “Ralph spoke first, with…show more content…
Ralph decides to take the conch shell to Castle Rock, hoping that it will remind Jack’s followers of his former authority. Ralph blows his conch shell. Then Jack comes out and commands Ralph to leave his camp, and Ralph demands that Jack return Piggy’s glasses. Jack attacks Ralph, and they fight. Ralph struggles to make Jack understand the importance of the signal fire which would help them get rescued, but Jack orders his hunters to capture Sam and Eric. This sends Ralph into a fury, and he attacks Jack. Ralph and Jack fight for a second time. Piggy cries out, struggling to make himself heard over the fight. As Piggy tries to speak, hoping to remind the group of the importance of rules and rescue, Roger shoves a massive rock down the mountainside. Ralph, who hears the rock falling, dives and dodges it. But the boulder strikes Piggy, shatters the conch shell, and knocks him off the mountainside to his death on the rocks below. Jack throws his spear at Ralph, and the other boys quickly join in. Ralph escapes into the jungle, and Roger and Jack begin to torture Sam and Eric, forcing them to submit to Jack’s authority and join his tribe. The fire has burnt out. The next day Ralph is awaken with the smell of smoke and is forced to come out of hiding. He runs down to the beach and sees a navy officer. Ralph and the boys are saved. “His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (LOTF page 202). To conclude, the Lord of the flies has a great symbol in it. A fire is something that is so simple yet such a big part of the story. In the beginning
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