Lord of the Flies

Hope and Destruction

Fire was a major symbol in this book because it gave the boys on the island hope that they would be rescued. It also was used as a signal to get the ships attention. It also symbols destruction, when it destroy some of the island and killed some of the boys.


" If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire" (Golding 38). The fire symbols hope. The boys HOPE that a ship will see the fire on top of the mountain and come rescue them.

" Ralph reached inside himself for the worst word he knew , they let the bloody fire go out" ( Golding 68). The fire was used as a signal to help people on boats see them. After Jack let the fire out Ralph was furious because that could have been the only ship to pass by.

" The fire reached the coconut palms by the beach and swallowed them noisily. A flame, seemingly detached, swung like an acrobat and licked up the palm heads on the platform. The sky was black" ( Golding 200). Fire was also a symbol of destruction. It destoryed some of the island and killed some boys