Government organizations often use symbols to portray their power or military strength. Writers also use symbols to convey a message to the reader. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbols to help readers track the loss of civility of the boys. The fire is both a symbol of hope and the reckless behavior of the boys. The first fire is built to signal ships for their rescue; it symbolizes hope here.
When they all gather they call it a meeting. At this meeting they are going to pick a leader. Jack and Ralph want to be leader, so the boys vote. The most votes go to Ralph, so Ralph is there leader. But Ralph gives Jack some responsibility, Jack can hunt and keep the fire
Golding made the fire represent multiple things like the civilisation and the boys relationship. In the beginning, of the book when the fire represents the boys working together like they would at home and help out. Also, its shows that their relationship together is strong because they are all agreeing about making this fire. So when Ralph declared “we can help them find us… so we must make smoke at the top of the mountain. We must make a fire”.
There are multiple symbols within Lord of the Flies, however, the fourth chapter mainly focuses on Piggy’s spectacles, fire, painted faces, and long hair. It is Piggy’s glasses and their reflection that causes the boys to first create a fire on top of the mountain. Without them, the boys may still remain in the dark before finding an alternative way to spark a flame. This makes the spectacles a key survival tool. Therefore, the spectacles represent the progression of technology on the island and the ability to mold nature to man’s will.
“we’ve got to decide about being rescued” There was a buzz. One of the small boys, Henry, Said that he wanted to go home… He lifted the conch. “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things” (22). After Ralph had blew the conch for all on the island to hear, it brought the whole group together for the first time. Ralph made the suggestion of needing a leader for the time being, and what exactly they needed to be able to survive.
Jack London’s effective use of basic literary techniques such as narration and conflict in the short story “To Build a Fire” is successful in keeping the reader involved throughout the story. Jack London’s use of third person narration in telling the story allows the reader to be privy to information surrounding the unnamed man of which he is unaware. In using third person, London builds anxiety by foreshadowing the dangerous events that are about to happen to the man. In the story, after falling into an ice-cold stream, the man builds his new fire under a tree. As he begins to pull the branches from the tree above his fire, other snow-covered branches begin to shake (12).
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.
The books are being burned so people are unable to read them. By the end of the book fire has another meaning, it shows warmth, togetherness, and safety. “ But the light had come from the campfire, and these men had seemed no different than any others who had run a long race…” (Bradbury 3.352). In this quote they have overcome the danger of censorship, they are beginning to feel secure. Bradbury repeated fire in the novel to show how some people are censored from the powers of fire.
In the beginning when the boys are first starting to live on the island Ralph proposes a bunch of plans that would have created a successful society amongst them had they actually been put into motion, such as shelters, jobs, taking turns, a fire, and rules. He looked at the big picture of what they could do and thought out of the box to try and solve their problems, however he failed to turn his ideas and plans into reality. “The first thing we ought to have made was shelters 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.
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.