Lord Of The Flies Hope Analysis

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Everyone is faced with challenges throughout their life and some of these challenges may almost seem like all is lost, but it’s at that point when one has to keep the mentality that there is always hope. Ralph struggles to keep this mentality but tries to make ways to give them a chance of being saved. He has to create his own hope considering he and everyone else on the island are given the task of survival which in their circumstances seems impossible and at times they really lose the will to try, but when it comes down to it they were all looking to make it out. In Lord Of The Flies by William Golding all of the hope left on the island is shown through the flame from the signal fire. Hope is shown coming and leaving throughout the novel …show more content…
Those in the group who joined the tribe were at a point where they just gave up on being rescued in which case the fire wasn’t important to them. The fire resembles hope for all who seek it, but it only affects people as much as they let it affect them. Ralph says to his group “We don’t want to go another night without fire”(Golding 162). showing he is feeling very uneasy and then it was later mentioned that “This was the first time he admitted the double function of the fire”(Golding 162). The obvious surface function was to send smoke in the sky hoping for help, but the other function was to give those with little hope comfort that it was going to be alright for the time being. Jack's Tribe has sucked much of the hope out of the island leaving the remaining people with Ralph feeling uneasy with themselves in which case this makes Ralph's first thought go to the fire which will for a temporary period of time at least take his mind off of all the evil around …show more content…
The thought that they could be saved from the island is what drove Ralph to keep trying day after day even when others didn’t see the importance of the fire for they didn’t care about seeking refuge but instead wanted instant gratification and lived the savage life on the island. Ralph says after their tool for making fire is taken 'Cos the smoke's a signal and we can't be rescued if we don't have smoke"(Golding 173). Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric have been without fire for some time and the way this is said is in a way that an uneducated person would say it which is without grammar and almost slurring his words as if he were tired or in a depressive state. His hope is almost lost with everything considering the fire is taken and at the same time his people are almost all converted over to Jack's tribe. He has a hard time driving himself to work for what he believes in, but the last spurt of hope he has is attempting to retrieve the fire showing that with it there is hope and the time where it is taken is where the group is at their lowest point. The fire on the island showed to be a very important symbol in Lord Of The Flies considering how frequent it was used in order to show the good vs bad along with the hope left among everyone. Ralph

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