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In chapter 2, what is the significance of the chapter's title, "Fire on the...

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msdaniels | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 1, 2007 at 12:49 AM via web

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In chapter 2, what is the significance of the chapter's title, "Fire on the Mountain"?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 1, 2007 at 1:02 AM (Answer #1)

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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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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 1, 2007 at 2:13 AM (Answer #2)

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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.

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