Fire In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Ralph wants the fire in order to get the tribe off the island, but Jack’s ego and desire to kill require Piggy to assist Ralph by giving him ideas and using the conch to keep order. Ralph makes a declaration saying,“Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?”, he makes this statement in an effort to try and get everyone to be rational and realize the fire is an Integral part of their rescue. (Pg.180, William Golding) The other members of the island seem to see Jack as this renown person and are willing to simply capitulate their minds to him and just follow his beliefs that hunting is the only way to survive which causes them to be negligent of the need to stay civilized and not just become bestial savages. The islanders constantly quibble, but the others seem very obdurate …show more content…
During a discussion Piggy utters,“’Course we have. ’Cos the smoke’s a signal and we can’t be rescued if we don’t have smoke.”, it was said with the idea of highlighting the importance of the fire. (Pg.173, William Golding) The other islanders blatant disregard for the fires integral job of getting them rescued is baffling but at the same time not surprising since Jack has seemed to Subjugate them to his will. Piggy uses the power of civility in order to keep the tribe from becoming complete savages, but as time wears on Jack’s voracious behavior towards the island pigs drives the others to join him. The narrator makes a statement that,“The booing rose and died again as Piggy lifted the white, magic shell. ‘Which is better –to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?’”, showing the power the conch has combined with Piggy's resplendent words can be a very swaying idea. (Pg.180, William Golding) Not only does this show how slovenly the others have gotten, but it helps to show how when in a position of power egocentrism leads people to a point where they have a complete loss of civility that responsibility tries its best to

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