Once in a while people try to help and risk their lives for the happiness of others. Just like in the novel The Bomb by Theodore Taylor. The main character is Sorry Rinamu , a sixteen year old boy who lives on Bikini Atoll during world war two. Sorry is trying to do everything he can to save his island from the Americans who are going to test nuclear weapons on it. Sorry did everything he could to try to save his island which was trying to get the soldiers attention.
As the book goes on, Paul starts to overcome his fears by confronting Erik and Arthur. He overame the fears that dominated his life. For once Paul wasn’t afriad, instead showing courage and bravery. Others might dissagree and say that Paul reveals fear because on it says “... I felt afraid for the first time, afriad that we might all get sucked down and drwon in the mud”, Even if Paul was sacred, he forgot about that and saved multipul kids from the sinkhile in this quote, “My glasses were so caked with mud that I couold no longer se anything clearly.
The kids feared of not being rescued off of the island, so they made signal fires on top of the mountain. Then, there and gone, Roger 's fear of the old rules he abided to. Also, there were the fears of the beast which confused and isolated the kids from the top of the mountain. The kids ' fear of not being rescued from the island led the group to the top of the mountain to make signal fires. They used Piggy 's glasses in order to make that fire: Jack pointed suddenly.
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.
Throughout Lord of the Flies, more characters start to gradually lose these qualities which make us human. “The fire's the most important thing. Without the fire we can't be rescued. (Ralph would) like to put on war-paint and be a savage…(but) we must stay by the fire and make smoke.” (pg.142) The smoke also is a way of saving the boys from dieing on the island when they created a huge fire that was destroying the whole island and a navy officer saw the smoke in the distance. It is also is a signal that some the boys at least remain partially humanized and need to saved from becoming fully savages.
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.
Ralph makes very cautious and smart decisions for the island, like building the huts on the beach, and making a signal fire. Ralph exclaimed, “ We can help them find us, we must make a fire” (38). Ralph said this, so that ships from the water can see the smoke from the mountain, and hopefully come and rescue all of the boys on the island. Literary critic Paul Slayton’s article states that “Ralph does not seek the leadership role, he is elected, because his older, attractive in appearance, and he lastly possesses the conch shell” (Slayton). He takes this leadership opportunity, and turns it for the better, and demonstrates courage, intelligence, and diplomatic skill.
‘Who wants me?’ Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air. Ralph counted. ‘I’m chief then.’” (Golding, 23). Although Ralph won the election and became chief, Jack and the choir who voted for him became the hunters with Jack being their leader.
Their time on the island is the first elongated period where the boys have not had an adult to guide them in making decisions. They start out with a civilized society, but it dissolved as the need to conform to Jack’s standards increased. Jack convinced the boys to have a short-term, one-track mindset. He had them only focus on killing pigs and returning with the meat. Though this fulfilled the boys’ need to eat, they completely neglected their other duties to ensure survival.
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
The first event in the book, the house burning down, started off big and was captivating. It shows the eventfulness of Richard Wright’s life, it pulls us in to read more of it, and introduces the characters of his family. The fire that Richard starts defines his personality right away, rebellious and restless. The first quote shows how reckless and dangerous Richard’s curiosity can be, he was interested in seeing how something would look in flames, not anticipating danger nor thinking of the consequences, doing this all because he was bored. Many of the actions he commits can be attributed to those traits shown in this first event.