- Chapter 2, Fire on the Mountain
- Ralph, Jack and Simon return from their "exploration' and confirm that is is an island.
- Ralph declares that the conch will determine who has the right to speak.
- A small boy claims he saw a 'beastie'
- Ralph suggests that they start a signal fire on top of the mountain in order to be rescued
- Jack offers his hunters to keep the fire going
- Piggy's glasses are used, against his will, to light the fire.
- Piggy 'rants' at the group of boys about acting proper and listening properly
- They discover that the fire has spread to the 'unfriendly side of the mountain' and the little boys who complained about the beastie is missing.
- Why this chapter is important
- Establishes the idea of a beast
- Ralph and Jack's opposing priorities are made clear
- Introduces the idea of fire as a method of being rescued
- The first death occurs- foreshadows later tragedies
- The fire and Piggy
- The fire has two purposes, rescue and fun.
- the atmosphere changes when the fire alters from fun to fatal
- irony is clear as piggy cannot see without glasses yet demonstrates clear perception and foresight.
- Ralph and Jack differences
- Jack displays cruelty and stresses the logical need for his hunters and meat.
- Ralph explores more pressing matters such as being rescued and surviving until they are.
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