Over the course of the book, Ralph wants to create a positive society for the boys in which they will get rescued, while Jack as a Machiavellian, manipulates and twists the boys into a problematic society. In the quote, "The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don 't keep a fire going?” (80), we see Ralph fighting hard to focus the boys on the bigger picture of getting rescued. Despite Ralph’s valiant efforts, we see in the quote, “Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet, but no one heard him. All at once the crowd swayed toward the island and was gone—following Jack.” (38), that the boys find Jack’s cunning offer of immediate gratification more compelling.
Starting a fire is essential for a civilization. Firstly, towards the beginning of the book, Piggy’s specs symbolize how civilization is just beginning on the island. After taking Piggy’s glasses, Ralph begins to use the lenses as a way to start a fire. Golding states, “Ralph moved the lenses back and forth… The flame flapped higher and the boys broke into a cheer” (38). To obtain a fire is a magnificent step towards the building of a civilization, for it is extremely crucial for survival.
What would you do if you were stuck on an island? In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, English schoolboys find themselves in this exact situation. The boys, with their ages varying from six to twelve years old, get into a horrendous plane crash in which no adults survive, and they must fend for themselves on a mysterious uninhabited island. The boys attempt to organize themselves and establish a civilized way of life on the island. Led by Ralph, the boys set rules, hold assemblies and assign jobs.
The boys were on a plane fleeing the terror of war, when their plane was struck down and crashed on a tropical island. This island has no adults, no civilization, and no rules, making it seemingly perfect for a group of young boys. The boys’ adventures are full of insanity, fun, and fear. The plot of this
At the start of this novel, the next world war was about to start, and a plane crashes on an inhabited island which kills the pilot and some of the schoolboys. Then the boys find themselves on an island which has no supervision, and they have to figure out what they want to do. Ralph, the leader who uses a conch shell to call the group together, tries to set rules to keep
Nearing the end of the story, the fire engulfs the entire island when Ralph tries to escape from Jack’s tribe. Using the fire as a symbol of evil, this shows that the boys are completely under the control of savagery, far away from
In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, multiple elements, such as fire, water, earth, and air, affect the boys. Multiple British boys, spanning the ages of six to twelve, survive a plane crash and are stranded on an island with no adults. During their time on the island, each element impacts the boys on a different level, and fire has the greatest impact. Although the elements water, air, and earth have effects on the boys’ lives, Golding uses imagery to suggest that fire has the largest impact on the boys’ lives, due to the fact that it is both the most essential item for survival and that it affects all the positive and negative things that happens on the island. Throughout the book, the main contribution of air is increasing the size of the fire, while fire of any size will help the survival of the boys.
That hatchet was the key to it all. When he threw the hatchet at the porcupine in the cave and missed and hit the stone wall it had showered sparks, a golden shower of sparks in the dark, as golden with fire as the sun…” highlights the aha moment. The sparks had given it away, and Brian had a faint idea of how to use his knowledge to his advantage. Fire was critical, and without it Brian would have starved, died. He cooked with it, boiled water.
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. Ralph, one of the newly elected leaders on the island states “There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain.
Moreover the fire also resembles the purging of Montag. Montag’ burning of his house and the TV signifies his rebellion and rejection of the vales of his society. Through burning his own house Montag like a phoenix destroys his old self by fire to be reborn from the ashes as a new person once again. Killing captain Beatty symbolizes the destruction of the system, because by doing so he frees himself from the influence of his society which give him the chance to think and choose freely for first time in his life. Also, another side of fire is also revealed to Montag ay the end of the novel when he meets the rebel group.