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The symbol of fire is used throughout the entire book Lord of the Flies Although it is mentioned only briefly throughout the significance of these occurrences has a strong effect on the characters book and the reader The author William Golding uses the fire to show the status of the people on the island The fire is first mentioned in chapter three when Ralph decides that it is needed if they wish to ever be rescued It is again reintroduced in chapter eight when Piggy suggests that it should be moved to the beach on which they are inhabiting Fire is later mentioned in chapters ten and eleven as the central conflict in the book at that time This symbol is finally mentioned in chapter twelve as it engulfs the entire island Golding uses fire as a symbol to represent hope and commonsense He also uses the fire as a symbol from their absence from inevitable savagery Fire is first introduced by Ralph as a means to communicate with the outside world saying they need help and need to be rescued He says If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us So we must make smoke on top of the mountain We must make a fire He and Jack soon come to the realization that they have nothing to light the fire with instantly they notice that they can use Piggys glasses Piggy soon becomes angry and is critical of how they use and maintain it After Jack has agreed to keeping the fire lit along with his choir boys he ascends to the mountain One day while a ship is seen floating by the fire is not lit Ralph becomes very mad at Jack even though he has caught a pig for food The fire is a gift form Piggy to the inhabitants of the island It represents the hope of being rescued Later in chapter 8 after Jack has
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