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Fire is symbolic in the novel. Fire is generally a symbol of civilization, but the boys, twice, let fire get out of control. The first time the fire gets out of control it is purely unintentional - they have set a signal fire. The second time the fire gets away from them, they have started it to smoke out Ralph. The boys go from using fire as a form of civility to using it as a form of savagery.
The rash act of throwing together a fire without thought of consequences is symbolic for what is to come later in the novel. The fire caught on quickly, and took a boys life. This will be the case with the savagery that overtakes the boys later in the novel. There is no thought for consequences in that case, either.
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