This problem is too burdensome, but he cannot solve it so he seeks the help of fire to remove his problem. 2) Birds represent freedom and books have knowledge which prompts the people to think and thus, have the awareness of monitoring the government and defending their rights and freedom. When books are burned, it implies that the people’s freedom dissipates. The more books the firemen burn, the less freedom the people have since they become more foolish and fail to criticize the authority. 3) The beetle incident proves Faber’s statement that the people in power think they will run on forever, but they won 't and someday the system will fall apart by itself.
William Golding’s book “Lord of the Flies” represents man’s struggle with authority, by creating a variety of characters with different points of view he is able to portray what happens when there is no one around to enforce the “law of the land”; Ralph is one of these characters, he represents a civil society with rules and laws to follow, he is intelligent and has more common sense than most of the group knowing that by building a shelter and starting a fire they would increase their chances of being rescued. In the end the group of boys turn on him (except for Piggy and Simon who both die in brutal ways) and it becomes fight or flight for Ralph as he is now alone on the island before ultimately running into the soldier.
People are not always who they think they are, they change according to their situation. Even the most civilized man can become a complete savage. Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a novel about a group of British kids who get trapped on an island after their plane is shot down during a war, struggle to be civilized. The leader, Ralph, and his sidekick Piggy try to maintain law and order but it didn 't go as well as they imagined when they started to discover the savage inside them. In beginning of the novel the author uses the glasses to represent technology, knowledge and civilization.
Our society has, and is having, many issues when it comes to choosing between solving problems and avoiding problems, and Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, has seen this and he represents it with fire. He wanted to display some messages through fire, so he has society use fire to remove problems, but this blocks society’s ability to be humane and it allows them to have an unnatural urge to remove and destroy. Also, Bradbury tries to tell the readers that fire is part of nature and it can help the humanity and creativity within people. When fire is used in unnatural ways, it changes the thought process of characters, and this shows the general message of how moving fast and not learning destroys people’s humanity. Fire has been a constant symbol used by
In the novel Lord of the Flies, Ralph represents leadership and management, but has the loss of knowledge like Piggy has and is not as cold-blooded as Jack. Ralph relates to Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote because he goes through many difficulties such as building shelters for the littluns and creating a signal fire to be rescued. In the very beginning of the book, Ralph takes the lead alone when the time comes to explore the castle rock, despite the fears of the so-called beast. Also in chapter two when Ralph said “and if we have a signal going they’ll come and take us off.” (Golding 42). Ralph shows organization and management by using the conch to call a meeting on the beach to build a fire.
Fire symbolizes the measurement of strength of civilized instinct left. At the beginning of the novel the boys create fire in hope to be rescued which is connected to civilization and that the boys want to be rescued. When the fire dies down, the boys have lost hope of being rescued and are beginning to accept their savage life on the island. Also, the fire could symbolize technology and can be dangerous if it gets out of control. The fire got out of control and killed several young boys in the novel.
After the boys came back to reality, they realized the fire was actually serious. For example on page 45, Golding states “Now you been and set the whole island on fire. Won 't we look funny if the whole islands burn up?” (45). Even though this event scared the boys they still needed the fire for light and to help them get rescued. At the end of the novel they used the fire as a weapon against Ralph.
In an article by Dr.Jaan Suurkula the characters actions and survival tactics in both literary sources are easily explained by two major patterns of behavior . in both novels they demonstrate SOB otherwise known as Survival-Oriented behavior which is brain operation that’s “controlled by the primitive areas in the brain” . Dr.Suurkula further explains how SOB is associated with deficient intellectual functioning causing weak judgement and foresight .in terms people with SOB have difficulties in assessing a stressful situation in a realistic way . In Lord of the flies they expressed that form of thinking by killing off Simon and Piggy when in they didn’t know how to handle their situations in a realistic way .Dr. Suurkula also analyze when the person becomes overwhelmed with SOB the person become emotionally unstable ,impulsive<,negative, Aggressive , irresponsible, very egoistic, self-assertive , and unempathetic .
In the novel, the boys decide to ignore their responsibilities, such as keeping the signal fire going to be rescued or making shelters for all the boys to stay in. They do what they wish and Ralph becomes angry and takes action. Due to the negligence of the keeping the fire going, they lose their chance of being rescued. RalphHe decides to gather all the boys and gives them a small “pep talk”. He yells at the boys and makes sure they re-establish and follow the new rules: “‘All this I meant to say.
Solomon Northrup also experiences fear because of his education. Previously being a free man he learned to read and write something that was definitely looked down upon by slaveholders. He kept the fact that he could read and write from everyone because he was afraid of being whipped or lynched. Mr. Epps was told by Armsby that Solomon could read and write and Solomon burned his paper. It was difficult for him to get paper anyways and he feared getting caught so much that he burned the only paper he had.