What is an important rule that Ralph creates in Lord of the Flies?  

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In Chapter 2, Ralph states that the boys must build a rescue fire on the mountain and keep it burning; this is the first rule because no plane or ship will know they are on the island otherwise.

After his original jubilance over being on Coral Island and free to enjoy the pleasures of the island on which the plane has crashed without restrictions of clothing, bathing, parents and rules, Ralph realizes that the island will only be paradise for a while. Therefore, they must plan on being rescued. So, having the conch that Piggy has found, Ralph blows it, beckoning all the boys. After they hold a discussion of what is on the island and what they can do, Ralph says,

Now, we come to the most important thing....We want to be rescued....sooner or later, we shall be rescued....We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island, they may not notice us.  So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.

With this having been said, the boys look for branches to burn and work on the building of a fire.

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