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Evaluate the role of fire in Lord of the Flies.

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Fire plays a critical role in Lord of the Flies, taking the form of both salvation and destruction.  From the very beginning, Ralph emphasizes the importance of rescue and maintaining a signal fire to increase the odds of a ship coming to the island.  Immediately after his suggestion is made, the boys abandon the tribal meeting and build an enormous bonfire on the mountain; the fire building scene is both chaotic and frenzied, ending with the fire getting out of control and burning down the dry...

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