Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is the problem with Piggy and Ralph's plan to build the fire on the beach?

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For one thing, it's in the wrong place. A signal fire's not much use on a beach. It would be far too difficult for any approaching ships to spot. It would've been much better to have built the fire in a more strategically important location such as up on the mountainside. But that would've risked turning over this vital task to Jack and his gang, who consider building fires to be their exclusive responsibility.

A formal split has occurred among the boys and now that Jack has taken off to the other side of the island with his own merry band of savages, Ralph and Piggy figure that they should take the opportunity to start a fire in his absence....

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