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"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? Is a fire too much for us to make?" (Golding 80).

Fire is used in Lord of the Flies to encourage the necessity of a governed society on the island. In this quote, it is evident that fire is significant in communicating with civilization in order to be rescued and insure survival. Ralph stresses its importance because it serves as a reminder of their previous lives of productivity, utility, and essentially humanity. In this way, it provides a sense of hope, as well as motivation, to acquire salvation. When Ralph states, "How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don't keep the fire going?", he expresses the idea that order and laws are essential when trying to obtain a common goal. However, their struggle to obtain and eventually inability to regulate the fire symbolizes the increasing lack of human capability that has been replaced with savagery.

(By: Lauren 6/03/10)


"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. We must make a fire" (Golding 38).

Fire is an essential aspect to human kind. It is a source of heat, light, something to cook food with, and if stuck on an island, it is a source of salvation. In Golding's The Lord of the Flies, fire takes part in an important role to the inhabitants of the island. For Ralph, he incessantly repeats the importance of keeping the fire going. This quote was said by Ralph in the beginnings of the novel. At an attempt to be saved, Ralph decides they must build a fire in hopes that passing ships may see the fire and rescue them. Because the fire being maintained was a priority in the beginnings of the novel, it shows the boys' desires to be rescued and their connection to humanity. As the story progresses, maintaining the fire becomes less and less of a priority, signaling the growth of savagery within the group. The fire also represents Ralph's authority and power over the tribe. Because the fire was very important in the beginning, it showed that Ralph's charge over the tribe was also very strong. As the story progressed to the kids not caring as much about the fire, it also reflected Ralph's rulership as it not being as important as it was before. Because of this, it caused chaos and conflicts among the tribe. Although the fire was one of the reasons the tribe split apart, it ended up becoming Ralph's salvation in the end because he was rescued by an officer who had seen the fire.

(By: Angela Consolacion 06/03/10)


"For yards round the fire the heat was like a blow, and the breeze was a river of sparks- life became a race with the fire and the boys scattered through the upper forest" (Golding 41).

Fire is not living, but is essential because it brings light, it represents hope, passion, provides warmth, and a symbol of life. This quote from The Lord of the Flies, symbolizes the necessity of fire for the purpose of order and life. The simile, "heat was like a blow," contains the imagery of warmth all around portraying it like the wind. It also includes the "breeze" that signify the energy revolves within their circle of civilization.It describes the length and how far and long a fire lasts and with this fire, it gives the boys the adrenaline to hunt and is a source of influence. With the heat and sparks of the fire, the boys feel the warmth and the initalizes the power they have. When they feel lost, they light up the fire to bring them company and light, to guide them with strength to discover their weaknesses, and they know without fire they cannot live. The boys panic when the fire is dimming and blowing out, so they dedicate themselves to run and chase for wood to secure their light, and guidance.

(By: Jessica Quijada 6/03/10)


We'll let the fire out now. Who would see smoke at night- time, anyways? And we can starts the fire again whenever we like." Altos, you can keep the fire going this week, and trebles the next---" (Golding 43).

This quote comes from the second chapter of the book, Fire on the Mountain. It is obvious from the title of the chapter what the boys are discussing within the chapter. This chapter sets the tone from what the fire represents. The fire within this book represents the boys connection to civilization. The reason why the fire is the connection to society is because it shows the boys want to be rescued and brought back into civilization. But as the fire burns out it shows the boys savegery emerging on the island. In a way the fire is the measurement of the strength of civilized instinct on the island. Specifically for this quote it was the beginning of the savengery that will become significantly apparent in Jack as a leader but for Ralph still trys to maintain his innocence. This quote is said by Jack after establishing the fact that they need rules on the island. But this quote defines irony, the quote is the definition of savengery which is opposite of what laws define. So Golding shows the irony that within the laws society establishes the underlying definition is savengery. It shows that no matter what humanity has evil within themselves despite their surroundings.

(By: Sachie Kawachi 06/03/10)


"Then when you get here you build a bonfire that isn't no use. Now you been and set the whole island on fire. Won't we look funny if the whole island burns up?" (Golding 45)

One of the significant symbols Golding incorporated within the novel is the fire. It represents the boys' hope and perseverance to be rescued from the island. Piggy constantly informs Ralph that a bonfire is useless because of the passiveness upon the tribe. Piggy has observed and simply addressed the assembly that no one supports and values the importance of making the fire. Evidently, other boys criticize and made fun of Piggy as he delivered his insights. The quote as well foreshadows the result of not controlling the fire as to the unmanageable assembly of kids. Similar to a fire, the boys within the island scatters and spreads rapidly without leaders being able to tale the wildness of the individuals. It conveys how the island will burn up easily as a cause of the corruption of the leaders. No one will be able to survive and everything will turn chaos. The disarray of the congregation will eventually lead to their downfall.

(By: Ariane Celis 06/03/10)


“The fire was out, smokeless and dead; the watchers were gone” (Golding 68).

The symbol fire represents civilization, humanity, and the hope that the boys would be rescued from the island. When Golding states that “the fire was out, smokeless, and dead”, he implies the pessimism that the boys are no longer civilized and their proper humanlike instincts have diminished. Initially the fire was in constant attention so as to not burn out; this was when the boys had order and leadership. However as the story progresses, the leadership of Ralph weakens and the rest of the troop develop savage characteristics as their stay in the island is prolonged. The phrase “the watchers were gone” expresses how there was no driving force to keep watch or make sure that the boys remained civilized and not vulnerable to animosity. The fire symbol has evolved in a negative manner in that it was once an important source that symbolized the boys’ connection to order and humanity but has lost its meaning during the middle of the book since the boys become more chaotic.

(By: Elisa Oronico 06/01/10)



"'The fire's the most important thing. Without the fire we can't be rescued. I'd like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning. The fire's the most important thing on the island, because, because--'...'Oh yes. Without the fire we can't be rescued. So we must stay by the fire and make smoke'" (Golding 142).

This quote demonstrates Ralph's view upon the importance that the fire is in order to saving their lives. Throughout the novel, the fire still represents a catalyst to reach salvation. Without the fire, the boys have no way of being rescued. The fire in the beginning of the novel symbolizes a yearning to return back to society. However, as the fire starts dying, its meaning evolves and begins to represent how the once civil minded beings are slowly turning into savages. This quote relates to how Ralph lost his desire to be rescued and slowly turning into a savage, but he soon realizes that he really does want to return to a life of adulthood. Ralph attempts to diminish the temptation to become like the rest of the boys, pursuing freedom from the island.

(By: Vanessa Binarto 06/02/10)