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The symbol of fire is used throughout the entire book Lord of the Flies Although it ismentioned only briefly throughout the significance of these occurrences has a strongeffect on the characters book and the reader The author William Golding uses thefire to show the status of the people on the island The fire is first mentioned in chapterthree when Ralph decides that it is needed if they wish to ever be rescued It is againreintroduced in chapter eight when Piggy suggests that it should be moved to the beachon which they are inhabiting Fire is later mentioned in chapters ten and eleven as thecentral conflict in the book at that time This symbol is finally mentioned in chaptertwelve as it engulfs the entire island Golding uses fire as a symbol to represent hope andcommonsense He also uses the fire as a symbol from their absence from inevitableFire is first introduced by Ralph as a means to communicate with the outsideworld saying they need help and need to be rescued He says If a ship comes near theisland they may not notice us So we must make smoke on top of the mountain We mustmake a fire He and Jack soon come to the realization that they have nothing to light thefire with instantly they notice that they can use Piggys glasses Piggy soon becomesangry and is critical of how they use and maintain it After Jack has agreed to keepingthe fire lit along with his choir boys he ascends to the mountain One day while a shipis seen floating by the fire is not lit Ralph becomes very mad at Jack even though he hascaught a pig for food The fire is a gift form Piggy to the inhabitants of the island Itrepresents the hope of being rescuedLater in chapter 8 after Jack has seceded from Ralphs tribe Piggy suggests thatthe fire should be moved to the beach While the fire is being built many
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