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In Lord of the Flies, Piggy suggests that they let the signal fire go out at night and...

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Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:08 AM via web

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In Lord of the Flies, Piggy suggests that they let the signal fire go out at night and relight it every morning. How does Ralph react? 

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 10, Piggy suggests that they let the fire go out at night and relight it every morning because he concludes that the smoke will not be visible at night. At this point, Ralph is frustrated that Jack has started his own tribe. Ralph is also discouraged that only he and Piggy seem intent on keeping the fire going. Upon hearing Piggy's suggestion, Ralph agrees to let the fire go out. However, Ralph thinks it would be ideal to have the fire going all the time. The fire also gives Ralph a sense of security, especially at night: 

Ralph stood up, feeling curiously defenseless with the darkness pressing in. 

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