A Symbol in Lord of the Flies

             The symbol of fire is used throughout the entire book, Lord of the Flies. Although it is
             mentioned only briefly throughout, the significance of these occurrences has a strong
             effect on the characters, book, and the reader. The author, William Golding, uses the
             fire to show the status of the people on the island. The fire is first mentioned in chapter
             three when Ralph decides that it is needed if they wish to ever be rescued. It is again
             reintroduced in chapter eight when Piggy suggests that it should be moved to the beach
             on which they are inhabiting. Fire is later mentioned in chapters ten and eleven as the
             central conflict in the book at that time. This symbol is finally mentioned in chapter
             twelve as it engulfs the entire island. Golding uses fire as a symbol to represent hope and
             commonsense. He also uses the fire as a symbol from their absence from inevitable
             Fire is first introduced by Ralph as a means to communicate with the outside
             world saying they need help and need to be rescued. He says "If a ship comes near the
             island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must
             make a fire." He and Jack soon come to the realization that they have nothing to light the
             fire with; instantly they notice that they can use Piggy's glasses. Piggy soon becomes
             angry and is critical of how they use and maintain it. After Jack has agreed to keeping
             the fire lit along with his choir boys, he ascends to the mountain. One day while a ship
             is seen floating by the fire is not lit. Ralph becomes very mad at Jack even though he has
             caught a pig for food. The fire is a gift form Piggy to the inhabitants of the island. It
             represents the hope of being rescued.
             Later in chapter 8, after Jack has seceded from Ralph's tribe, Piggy suggests that
             the fire should be moved to the beach. While the fire is being built many of Ralph's

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