In Lord of the Flies, which of the littluns is missing after the fire? When the boys start the fire for the very first time and the island catches on fire, which of the boys dies in the fire?

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rmhope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the very first day the boys find themselves on the island, Ralph becomes chief and takes two boys with him to explore the island. When they return, Ralph calls another meeting to explain their findings. Jack asks if anyone else has found anything worth reporting, and no one responds. However, a young boy gets pushed forward by the other littluns. He is described as "a shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-colored birthmark." The boy is afraid to speak in front of the group. He asks for the conch, everyone laughs at him, and he begins to cry. Piggy says to let him have the conch, and Ralph gives it to him.

By this time he is even more shy, and he whispers his words to Piggy, who tells them to the group. He states he saw a "snake-thing" or "beastie" in the woods during the night. The boys laugh again at the idea that he could have seen something in the dark. The boy asks if it will come back that night. Ralph is very frustrated, insisting there isn't a beastie or a snake-thing, and Jack says if there is his hunters will kill it. 

Just after that discussion, Ralph talks about building a signal fire, and the boys run away wildly and start to gather wood. They get carried away and build a bonfire that goes 20 feet in the air but quickly dies down. As Piggy is scolding the boys for not putting first things first and making sure the littluns had been all accounted for, the fire begins to take over a large swath of the forest, and Piggy says that some of the littluns could be down in that part of the woods. He then realizes in panic that the boy with the birthmark is not among them. The boy with the birthmark is never seen again, and the boys try to forget him by not talking about snakes again. Ralph doesn't even include him in the body count when he reports to the naval officer that "only two" have been killed on the island.

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The boys light a fire on top of the mountain with the idea of making a signal that can be seen by anyone passing by. Ralph hopes that this will make it possible for them to be rescued. Like boys anywhere might though, they get carried away and make the fire far bigger than they need to. At one point, it spreads and begins to burn down the hillside.

Though it is never certain, they believe that the boy with the mulberry colored birthmark died in the fire since no one sees him again. It is at this point that Piggy tries to emphasize again the importance of making a list of names, but he is basically ignored, as usual. No one even knows the name of the boy with the birthmark and so they just continue on.

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The boy with the mulberry birthmark is missing after the fire. He probably got too close to the fire when it got out of control and was burned to death.

dramaxoqueen | Student

the boy with the mulberry birthmark is missing so we asume that he is dead because he ner shows up again

zing | Student

when the kids set up a fire signal the boy with the mulberry-coloured birthmark boy died in the fire with some other little un's

oinkmooquack | Student

Well I'm in 8th grade advanced and were reading this...
the boy with the mark on his face is missing. hes the little kid that thought he saw the creepers in the forest. good luck

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