Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Why was the fire important to Ralph? What else was important to Ralph in the book?

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The fire is important to Ralph because he knows it is their one chance for rescue. Without its smoke as a signal, no ships or planes could ever known the boys are on the island. There's no cell phones, no internet...no one even knows if the island has actually been charted. So for Ralph, the fire symbolizes the one hope to return to civilization and order. It also represents responsibility, as it is Ralph's one decision/order as chief: to keep the fire going. Because it marks an attempt to reconnect with the original society, Ralph is very attached to it, & this...

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