Lord Of The Flies Fire Analysis

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No matter how hard man tries, he is bound to destroy nature even if it is unintentional. In the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a group of young boys are involved in a plane crash and become stranded on a deserted island after an attempt to escape from the dangers of World War II. When the boys first arrive on the island, it is peaceful and untouched by mankind, but over time the boys slowly damage the purity of the island as they begin to make fires and start a civilization. They work together and scavenge the island for resources in order to ensure their survival. In need of rescue, the boys gather materials such as sticks and tree bark to start a fire for smoke signals, but soon learn that the fire is dangerous to nature if they are not careful. The symbolic change in the fire from a representation of hope, rescue, and teamwork to one of death and destruction demonstrates that man can corrupt and destroy nature even when it is not intended. At the beginning of the novel, the fire unifies the children and gives them hope of rescue and survival. They are forced to cooperate as they realize that they will be stronger together rather than alone. The boys cooperate in their decision to build a fire once Ralph suggests: “We must make a fire.” (Golding 38). Ralph’s use of the word “we” rather than “I” or “you” shows the unity that the group has developed. After this claim the boys all chant in agreement: “A fire! Make a fire” (38). These words represent
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