Fire And Water In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Long ago, fire and water were important to humans for almost everything they did in their everyday life. Water was used for drinking and washing. It is symbolized as life, cleansing, and rebirth. It is a source of life and sustenance; cleansing and purification; baptism. Fire was used for cooking, warmth, and burning forests or scaring predators. It is both protective and destructive, it can also symbolize human knowledge, industry, and success, but at great cost. But in Lord of the Flies, William Golding has described reversed examples perfectly. Fire was discovered by a Stone Age man who saw the first fire after the lightning strike on the trees. He was intrigued and amazed by the fire, then started to be curious about it. After that, he found out how useful the fire was and brought it back to his tribe. Then, the fire started to spread among the tribes and became popular all over the world. Fire was once used to destroy…show more content…
All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth. Not only water has a lot of uses for lives, but water is also very meaningful in literary side. Most often, water represents cleansing, life and freedom. Water is a contextual symbol in literature, however, meaning that it can symbolize many things depending on how it is used in a novel or a story. It is a source of life and sustenance, and also baptism. In the real world, water is known as a good thing, but in Lord of the Flies, it is the opposite. As they are stranded on an island, the ocean symbolizes a barrier to Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and the other boys, isolating them from the world that they have known. Golding says, "There was one flat rock there, spread like a table, and the waters sucking down on the four weedy sides made them seem like cliffs. Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a

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