With the creation of the signal fire, the boys then decide to use the conch to only have only one person “talking at once” and create “ ‘lots of rules’ “ (Golding 33). This shows the similarities between the real world and the boys’ group because the boys are controlling their island through the same ideas. At the end of the novel, the “thunder of the fire” when the forest was all on fire also brings society into the picture and shows how the boys need society in order to survive (Golding 200). Before the naval officer came, the boys were all acting like savages. However, the fire sparks and becomes enormous, showing how the boys would probably kill each other without the help of the society because the children can’t live without the ideals of civilization.
Just you listen! The first thing we ought to have made was shelter down there by the beach. It wasn't half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says “fire” you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain. Like a pack of kids!” Furthermore, the moment when Jack lost his temper and shoved piggy breaking his lense, it represents how easily an orderly society can be disrupted and destroyed.
When the boys first arrive Ralph declares that there must be more rules and they need to have specific jobs for specific things.“We've got to have special people for looking after the fire. Any day there may be a ship out there... and if we have a signal going they’ll come take us off”(58). Ralph, insisting that must be a guideline for the things that they must do, shows his determination for them to get off the island. Ralph also makes an effort to get the boys off the island by reminding them of the fire. When Jack tries to go out to hunt, Ralph continually tells him he needs to stay and keep a fire: “‘I said before the fire is a main thing.
Furthermore, the conch represents civilization back in England with its rules and structure. When planning a rescue, the boys race off the build a fire. Upon the mention of fire, “half the boys were on their feet. Jack clamored among them, the conch forgotten” (Golding 38). Building the fire represents the adventure on the island and the conch represents the old ways of English Civilization.
To begin with, the Fire plays a more important role than the Conch because it continues to effectively develop the plot. Ralph becomes infuriated when he discovers that Jack and the other boys left the Fire unattended to hunt. After Jack comes back with a successful kill, Ralph immediately confronts him and says, "There was a ship out there. You said you 'd keep the fire going and you let it out" (74). Ralph expresses his disappointment in Jack and implies that they missed possibly their only chance to be rescued.
Moreover, the novel begins by describing Piggy as, “shorter than the fair boy and very fat”. Ironically, that fat boy is the one behind all of Ralph’s sensible decisions. He is an outcast because of his glasses yet that object is the reason why the boys got rescued even after Piggy died. The glasses represent fire and give Piggy the ability to notice the boys changing into tribal savages. Piggy speaks about responsibilities for survival, but he,
They will do anything and everything in their power to stay alive, regardless of who they might harm in the process. That is true human nature exhibited here in the text, the selfishness that consumes humans in the event that they are faced with a life-threatening situation. There is also representation of fire throughout Lord of the Flies, which reveals much about human nature. The fire is the object that they put all their hope for being rescued into. The fire that the boys created pushed away the darkness and their fears about the beast, bringing light to the darkest of times, quite literally.
Numerous children are stranded on an island due to a plane crash and are fighting to stay alive and be rescued. In the following paragraphs, it's explained how Jacks savage ways and oblivious mind set creates his disbelieving behavior as to why he doesn't care about being rescued. In The Lord Of The Flies, William Golding creates a psychological allegory through the development of Jack character and the symbolism of fire to uncover the fact that as people disregard logic and their needs in order to survive, they become barbaric. Firstly, Jack doesn't care about the rescue signal fire going out. Ralph mumbled, "They let the body fire go out" (Golding, 68).
Throughout the book, the main contribution of air is increasing the size of the fire, while fire of any size will help the survival of the boys. At the very beginning, right when the kids arrive on the island, Ralph suggests the need of a fire. Everyone agreed that the fire was an essential to survival, so the kids blew on a spark, “Jack knelt too and blew gently” (41). The main significance of air is to create the fire from a spark. Air is nothing without some sort of fire, because all it is is breath, which is useless to the survival of the boys.
The obvious choice was Ralph because he had something that Jack did not have and that will win the people over to Ralphs side. Since they’re on an island they take things from the island to represent their power, such as the head of a pig and the conch shell. Both of these are a symbol of a power that they are used to control the groups of boys. Each one of them has their own power and meaning behind them. In the beginning of the book when a group of young school boys plane crash on an island, Ralph who’s one of the boys finds a conch shell and a new friend whom they call piggy, piggy has the idea to sound the conch so that it will bring the rest of the boys from the other part of the island together.