Being rescued was the boys number one thing on their agenda as the fire would signal to planes nearby. The fire represents a common good as it was for the sake of all of the boys. All members on the island had to contribute in some way either by making the fire or by keeping watch. This shows each member contributing to the common good, a concept from Baron de Montesquieu. This proves that Golding understood Montesquieu’s concept of contributing to the common good.
In the beginning of the book Jack is a cocky kid who says “ I ought to be chief,because I’m chapter chorister and head boy” ( Golding,22). Later in the book Jack becomes a savage who kills other boys and says “ Kill the pig! Cut his throat!
Ralph repeatedly urges the boys not to forget to feed the fire and to keep it burning all the time. Ralph emphasis the need of maintaining a fire by saying “the fire’s the most important thing. Without the fire we can’t be rescued. I’d like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning.
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.
“The terrible fire which kills the young children, the fear of Ralph as he is pursued across the island, and Piggy's fall to his death on the rocks make us feel, in their vivid detail, Golding's intense conviction that every particular of human life has a profound importance” (Cox) they were able to wrap some of the biggest deaths in one sentence and explain it. On page 224 Golding made one of the main characters that with the first death he was to bothered say, “That was Simon.” “You said that before.” “Piggy.” “Uh?” “That was murder.” “You stop it!” said Piggy, shrilly. “What good are you doing talking like that?” .There was a professor at Adrian College called Henningfeld that said “The war appears to have been an important influence on him.” If this quote doesn’t explain why there was so much death I don't know a quote that
His priority was to have a signal fire so they can get off the island quick and effective and also he wanted to build a shelter so they had somewhere to sleep. However, Jack can be considered a fierce leader and Ralph can be considered a civilized leader. Jack is known to be cruel but when he is a leader he can be fierce because they
Lord of the Flies Analysis Lord of the Flies, written 1954 by British Author William Golding, is a tale of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded after their plane crash lands on a deserted island. The boys, who at first, attempt to set up a society, complete with a form of government, soon fall apart when their primitive urges kick in. The novel was both a commentary on man’s violent nature and of how pointless war is. Also, each character in the novel was representative of a larger concept, thus this allegory had many layers. Throughout the novel, the tone of the story becomes increasingly dark.