Civilization vs. Savagery

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  • Civilization vs. Savagery
  • Loss of Innocence
  • Biblical Parallels
  • The Conch Shell
  • Piggy’s Glasses
  • The Signal Fire
    • “we must make a fire”- civilization and organisation starts and there’s hope to be saved.
      • it distinguishes along with their sanity
    • “cos smokes a signal”- Ralph is determined to be saved
    • “we can’t keep one fire going and they don’t care...i don’t sometimes” = emphasizes how Ralph doesn’t have any hope left - savagery.
    • Rescue= destructionFire= paradox
    • intention of humans to control nature by destroying it
    • burns out of control= later it is no longer a priority to be saved
    • pg 142 long quote of simon hallucinating- destruction inside the boys-original sin-sexual/passion-passion is destroying them
    • the signal fire becomes a barometer of the boys’ connection to civilization
    • fire burns low or goes out, we realize that the boys have lost sight
      • "there's no signal now.Nothing to show"
    • functions as a kind of measurement of the strength of the civilized instinct remaining on the island
    • Ironically, at the end of the novel, a fire finally summons a ship to the island, but not the signal fire. Instead, it is the fire of savagery
    • representation of commonsense and rescue from immorality
    • When the signal fire can no longer be lit, because Jack stole Piggy’s specs that light it, its beacon of hope and knowledge is no longer present to guide Ralph
    • When the fire burns stronger, it means that they are getting closer to society
    • "The fire's only been out an hour or two. We can light up again-"
    • "no smoke;no fire;no rescue"
  • The Beast
  • The Lord of the Flies


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