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Lord Of The Flies Fire Quotes

What are some quotes about the fire in the novel Lord of the Flies?

The fire is an important symbol in The Lord of the Flies. It represents civility and the boys' hopes for rescue, but, in the case of the forest fire, it also demonstrates how the boys can quickly lose control over a powerful and deadly force.

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At first, the boys, under the direction of Ralph, attempt to light a fire as a signal to passing ships. Here is the description of their attempt from Chapter 2:

"On one side the air was cool, but on the other the fire thrust out a savage arm of heat that crinkled hair on the instant. Boys who felt the evening wind on their damp faces paused to enjoy the freshness of it and then found they were exhausted. They flung themselves down in the shadows that lay among the shattered rocks. The beard of flame diminished quickly; then the pile fell inwards with a soft, cindery sound, and sent a great tree of sparks upwards that leaned away and drifted downwind. The boys lay, panting like dogs."

Their attempt to keep the fire going and to generate smoke is fruitless, as they find it's impossible to keep the fire burning at that level of intensity. They are quickly exhausted from the effort, but they try to keep the fire going in the increasingly vain hope of rescue. 

Piggy notices that the fire has...

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