Fire has long been symbolic of life, power, and civilization. When the boys get the fire started, they stand in awe and wonder. However, fire is also a destructive force, and the boys' fire, "the flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly" becomes too large for the boys to control. Piggy recriminates, "You said you wanted a small fire and you been and built a pile like a hayrick." As Golding writes that the forest "was savge with smoke and flame," there is foreshadowing of the releases of other savage forces within the boys which will also be destructive.