What was the symbolic role of fire in The Lord of the Flies? Beginning with the raging fire that kills the small boy, the changing role of fire between Jack's tribe and Ralph's, and finish with the fire that destroys the island and brings rescue.

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The role of fire with respect to Ralph's tribe, is associated with positive benefits, warmth, rescue signals, and cooking, yet in Ralph's it is used for more destructive purposes-he uses fire as an agent to flush his foes out into the open to slaughter.

The destructive descent of the use of fire begins with the death of the small boy, the boys were careless and inattentive to the power and force of fire, and failed to respect the power.

Finally, the fire ends with a positive fire, the destructive fire that destroys the island brings rescue, thus ending the savagery on the island.

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