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Ralph's whole plan revolves around having the signal fire at the top of the mountain where it is most likely to be seen by any passing ships. Of course now that the boys are terrified that the beast is up there, as the parachutist's body is there hung up on some rocks, the boys are unwilling to go up there to keep a signal fire going.
Thankfully, Piggy suggests that they ought to just have the signal fire there close to the beach where they can easily maintain it and make sure it produces plenty of smoke so it can still be seen from afar.
Remember, the signal fire presents their hope to be saved.
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