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Transcript of Fire
In the novel Lord of the Flies
by William Golding, fire symbolizes civilization, supporting the author's message:
Human societies harbor morally corrupt workings.
The beginning of fire
Troubles wih fire
"...the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, and the darkness of man's heart..."(Golding 202).
fire has reached its peak
island = immorality
"Life became a race with the fire...the beard of flame diminished quickly" (Golding 41).
"We shall take fire from the others. Listen. Tomorrow we'll hunt and get meat" (Golding 161).
all boys contributed to forming of society / fire
"windward and leeward"-shows unethical qualities of society
debilitation of entire group but only some rested-privilege
culmination of fire
pROGRESSION of evil
"'There was a ship...fire going and you let it out!'...they might have seen us. We might have gone home-" (Golding 70).
Problem: Since fire symbolizes civilization, and Jack let the fire go out-> No fire=no civilization
Jack's tribe begins to challenge the others for fire which is key to their survival.
They need fire in order to roast meat
Represents war among humans for survival
Jack satisfied his wants by hunting pigs when he should have been tending the fire-shows selfish nature
The author uses fire and its destructive forces to represent civilization within the novel. Through this idea, corruption runs human societies, even if gone unnoticed, like it did for the boys on the deserted island.