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.
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.
Jack then blows the conch and tells the boys that Ralph is a weakling and wants to a the leader, but the Ralph still remains as the leader. Jack is fed up and tells the boys whoever wants to leave Ralph's group with him can. Ralph now doesn't know what to do, but Piggy quickly reassures him by telling him that they should make a signal fire closer to shore. On the mountain, Jack makes himself chief among the boys that moved with him. Roger kills a sow and they put the sow’s head on a spear.
The Symbol of Fire and it’s change with the boys Our emotionally blinded world often turns to the sweetest things, completely oblivious to the harm it can bring upon us. When no adult survives the plane crash that sends a group of british boys stranded on an island, the responsibility of survival and rescue is upto them. William Golding in Lord of the Flies uses the symbol of fire to represent the quick changing nature of these isolated boys. The symbol changes from a signal fire to being neglected by the group to have it misused by them to make a death fire closely relating to the boys’ deep will to be rescued to their slow change to savage behaviours before turning into complete savages due to the lost of contact with civilization. In the beginning, the fire was a signal to catch the attention of any ships passing by, representing the boy 's drive and hope for rescue.
The boys then elect a leader, named Ralph, whos first ‘decree’ is for the boys to light a fire on the top of a mountain and keep it burning incase any boats or planes come looking for them. His second order is to put together a team of hunters whose job is to kill a pig for the boys. The hunters for the longest time, were
“the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.”(208) That was the end of peace and order in the island. From there is was set on fire and there was a big hunt for Ralph all after the boys lost their sense of society, order and resorted to their primal and natural instincts and behaviors. Lord of the Flies, follows a group of boys to their own destruction which ultimately leads to their rescue. The novel shows the descent and retreat to primitivity that happens when there is no society or set rules and standards to follow. There are many uses of
One being a civilized bunch (the kids who wished to have an active rescue fire), and another group that lived like beasts, but not completely (the kids who wanted to hunt). Sooner or later, the already troubling situation has escalated, so fast that the situation becomes deadly with savage murdering and capture (this could have gone worse). Eventually, the conflict ends when they get rescued by an officer after he (the officer) sees smoke rising up from the island. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding presents the idea that most people will be inclined toward evil if there is no authority to control their behavior. First of all, if people were absent for a time out of civilization for too long (or anything similar), they could eventually turn into an evil (or savage) state.
Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, meet and discover a conch shell on the beach, and Piggy realizes they can blow into the shell to make a sound which the other boys (who had been on a plane with them) will hear. (The shell represents civilized order. When it breaks, no civilized behavior will be left on the island.) The boys ' plane had crashed because it had been shot down. The boys had been sent away to escape a war.
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.
The little boys screamed at them.” (Golding 46). The fire is an example of an allegory. I think the hidden meaning behind the fire is that the boys need to be saved from the island. Fire is their only way of communication with ships so it can be a symbol of wanting to return home. They can barely manage one of their survival needs and someone already wound