The ability to control the fire as the boys did with the signal fire represents a controlled and orderly society, while the out-of-control fire shows the destructive force of a society without restrictions.
Piggy himself represents intelligence and logic, but it is his glasses that are a symbol of intelligence as a foundation for civilized society.
The signal fire, however, is not what gets the attention of a passing ship, but the destructive fire Jack lights to hunt Ralph.
Thus, fire as a whole in this novel can represent both civilization and savagery.
So while it may be a lot to wrap your head around on the first readthrough, I’m going to help by explaining seven different symbols and grouping them into three Lord of the Flies symbolism ideas to help get you started on your essay.
You have to do a lot of reading for school, and sometimes the books your instructor assigns seem a little pointless.
This incident symbolizes the fall of order and civilization on the island.
Similarly, the signal fire represents the hold that order and civilization have over the boys on the island.
And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
The officer, surrounded by these noises, was moved and a little embarrassed.