In the novel, The Road, the boy’s character is a sign of hope, which the father tells him throughout the novel, that he is carrying the fire. The way the father views the boy is almost like if he was angel sent from heaven. The boy is everything to the father and would not let him die. This shows that the father only lives for the boy and no one else ever since his wife committed suicide for her selfish ways. The wife thought she knew if she would stay alive eventually they would all get killed or get eaten.
The boys are afraid of any beast that may have lived on the island. Piggy decides to build a fire by using his glasses. The fire was to send a signal to people who may be passing by the island. Jack is jealous of Ralph because Ralph is in control. Simon is the smart one out of them all, and he works with Ralph to build shelters.
Jack is also sheltering the boys from the beast with his offer, which is the main drive for fear among the littluns. Later on, he sacrifices the fire and the shelters to go hunting: "There was a ship. Out there. You said you 'd keep the fire going and you let it out!" (Golding 70).
The whole of the book follows the Voyage and Return plot. The boys are stranded on an island, where they must learn how to live without the guidance of adults. At first, life is exciting because they can play all day and do whatever they please. However, as the story progresses, Ralph sees what happens to the other boys when they continue to live irresponsibly and realizes that he must grow up and get off the island. Ralph tries to motivate the other boys to share his newfound insight, “We’ve got to have special people for looking after the fire.
William Golding uses many symbols in his novel The Lord of the Flies to create interaction between his characters. Golding’s characters are stranded on an island and one of their first decisions is to build a fire that will be used for creating a smoke signal for passing ships. Golding uses fire to symbolize three things in The Lord of The Flies: hope, struggle, and destruction. To begin with, Golding’s representation of fire as a necessity of hope to being rescued is an aspect that is easily conceivable to the reader, and this is purely demonstrated in the dialogue between several of his characters. During the first meeting the boys decide that they must have a fire in order to signal to passing ships that someone is on the island.
Soda, Darry, Dally realized that too by hearing that Johnny still died even though they won the rumble. Dally even heard that Johnny said that fighting was useless after all. He felt sad that even he won the rumble, he lost his friend. He decided then to rob a grocery store and try to threaten the cops so he could get his death. The other problem Ponyboy solved it really well was that he decided to save the kids that were trapped in the church considering he might ignite the fire.
This quote emphasizes the idea of Johnny's selflessness. During the fire and throughout the book, it is seen that Johnny cares for others more than himself. Risking his life in the fire to save innocent kids, he never knew, has a selfless act not many people would take. This quotes also highlights the idea of Johnny's change to a hero. As seen at the beginning of the novel, Johnny is the boy from the wrong side of the track, and while the story unrolls, Johnny starts to become a hero.
The Novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,is set in a place where books are not legal and people would rather use technology than anything else. The Protagonist Guy Montag is a fireman who enjoys burning books . He lives in an environment where books are illegal because it is considered evil and where fireman start fires than stop them. The people live in a world with no reminders about the past and are addicted to the TV, like his wife, Mildred, and where the death of someone is not taken seriously. Guy meets three mentors as the story progresses who were Clarisse, Faber, and Granger who gave him very valuable life lessons.
This foreshadows that Montag will change into a completely different person. Originally, Montag never considers stealing a book. He knows the severe consequences that come with it. As a fireman, he is supposed to burn them. Montag says,”His hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had now turned thief”(35).
After the mulberry boy stops talking, Ralph suggest that they build a fire on top of the mountain. The boys start to collect the wood for the fire and when they start the fire they do not make sure to control the fire. In result, the fire started to burn across one side of the island and the boys did not check to make sure everyone was on top of the mountain. Piggy is the one to notice that the mulberry boy was not on the mountain with them on the mountains. For instance Piggy is talking,“That lillte’un that had a mark on his face-where is- he now?
The fireman apologized as me and the rest of the students pitched our noses when they walked to the front of the class. The fireman looked at is in confusion but quickly apologized and explained they just got off a fire. The firefighters began teaching us about the safety if we got caught in a fire such as; stop, drop and roll, staying low during a fire; and the importance of having a pre-fire plan. After they were done teaching the firefighters asked if we had any questions, so I asked one of the young firefighters if fireman save cats from trees, the fireman replied with a simple no, and told me that if a cat can climb up then they will find a way down. (Twelve years later, I was asked this same question by a young kid, and I was planning on answering this question the same way the firefighter once told me but before I could answer my chief answered with his emotionless and deep voice with his mouth
I knew why Mr. Morrison had come for him alone. Why Mr. Jamison was afraid for papa to go into town. Papa had found a way, as mama had asked, to make Mr. Granger stop the hanging : He had started the fire”. Papa had to find a way stop the hanging. So, he started the fire so that everyone would forget about the hanging and all join together to help put out the fire.
The fire being one of the main goals for Ralph 's rescue plan is a sign of hope and assurance of a “ship” accidentally spotting smoke from the island. As Ralph looks around him while hiding from Jack and his tribe, he sees that the smoke “was seeping through the branches in white and yellow wisps, the patch of blue sky overhead turned to the color of a storm cloud, and then the smoke billowed round him” (195). As the “smoke billowed round him”, the fire destroys most of the Island’s wildlife. The “smoke seeping through the branches” speaks for the destruction that the wildfire had produced by Jack and his followers. The “white and yellow” the smoke had caused the branches to look like had been the extinction of an innocent and civilized adolescent.
The fire becomes the symbol of hope because before the fire, they only knew what piggy had to say which was that they had no chance of rescue. The fire is the symbol of hope, but over the course of the book, it also becomes their worst nightmare. “They ad smoked him out and set the island on fire”(197). After using the fire as a symbol of hope, by the end of the book, the fire is used as a weapon when chasing and trying to kill Ralph. This change over the course of the book suggest that fire is no longer a sign of hope, but as a weapon of destruction and terror.
Many similarities including the plan, attack and end result exist between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Jack’s group compulsively trying to kill Ralph. Throughout the book Jack never thinks much before acting, but setting the island on fire was by far the least thought out. During their plan to kill Ralph, “[t]hey had smoked [Ralph] out and set the island on fire”(Golding 197). This plan like the bombing on Pearl Harbor was a desperate forceful attempt to defeat the enemy once and for all. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor setting the island on fire was risky.