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In Chapter 12 of "Lord of the Flies," what is the irony of the fire?I've read...

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ou-14-fan | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 31, 2008 at 8:12 AM via web

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In Chapter 12 of "Lord of the Flies," what is the irony of the fire?

I've read it over and over but still cant seem to find it.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 31, 2008 at 8:55 AM (Answer #1)

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It is more the irony of the entire circumstance involving the fire there. Early in the book, the fire was two things: it was a way to signal for a rescue, and it was a tool to cook food and keep them warm. In both cases, it was a marker of civilization. However, by Chapter 12, things have reversed. Fire is now a sign of savagery, as the boys are trying to burn Ralph out. Rather than helping them stay civilized, it burns down the shelters (destroys visible signs of community). Then, at their lowest point, their rescuers show up. Talk about irony! They aren't found when they're trying to get home, but rather when they've given up on being civilized.

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caraghelizabeth | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2008 at 10:03 PM (Answer #2)

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the irony of the fire is the fact that jack tried to kill ralph or smoke him out when in fact the fire ended up attracting attention to the british ship saving them all

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