lord of the flies
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Ralph is giving instruction on the fire on how and when it should be kept. Instructions are vague and the fire is still being put out at night.
we'll let the fire burn out now. who would see smoke at night time, anyway? and we can start the fire again whenever we like. Altos, you can keep the fire going this week, and trebles the next. (Golding 33)
The fire is not cared for much as it does not matter to some that it has been put out.
"you let the fire go out." (Golding 52)
"jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him." (Golding 52)
The main ones keeping the fire are Ralph and Piggy, the others do not care as much.
"The wood was damp; and this was the third time they had lighted it. Ralph stood back, speaking to himself. "we dont want another night without fire." (Golding 126)
Ralph is begining to question the fire along with the others.
"Ralph tried indignantly to remember. There was something good about fire. Something overwhelmingly good. "Ralphs told you often enough," said piggy moodily. "How else are we going to get recued?" (Golding 127)
He pointed past them to where the trickle of smoke dispersed in the pearly air. "look at that! call that a signal fire? thats a cooking fire. now youl eat and there'll be no smoke. Dont you understand? there may be a ship out there-" (golding 139)
Ralph is beginning to regain his original vision of the fire and trying to persuade the others.
The fire reached the coconut palms by the beach and swallowed the noisily. A flame, seemingly detached, swung like an acrobat and licked up the palm heads on the platform. the sky was black. The officer grinned cheerfully at Ralph. "We saw your smoke. What have you been doing? Having a war of something? (Golding 156)
The fire engulfing the island represents the rebirth. The boys and their new knowledge of life without rules has changed them and recreated them as people.
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