The Death Of Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Let it Burn
The warmth of a fire will grow cold, the brightness of a fire will turn black and ascend in the air as dark clouds, and the smell of nature will eventually be smothered by smoke. When a fire is alive, it is mesmerizing. However, when it dies, it is hardly hypnotizing. Obviously, one is better than the other. Unfortunately, the boys in Lord of The Flies seem to blur the line between life and death. What is one murder here and one murder there? As long as the one doing the killing is not dying too, right? Well what if it is? As more and more lives slipped out from under them, the fire was dying, along with the boys’ humanity and chances of being rescued. The fire in Lord of The Flies symbolizes both life, and death. The boys use the smoke of the fire to signal that they need rescuing, but they also use the fire to obliterate both man and animal.
Ever since the beginning of the novel, Ralph was fixated on keeping a signal fire going because that was the only hope that they would be rescued. In order to do this, the boys gathered all the dry wood they could find, and used Piggy 's glasses to start a fire. When Ralph first introduced the fire idea, he said, “If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the island. We must make a fire” (38). After this statement was made, the boys all chanted in agreement. For in the beginning of the novel, they all wanted to be rescued, they all wanted to survive, and most importantly, they
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