Topic: Essay Topics

1. What is the significance of the boys' first attempt at the fire? How does the result foreshadow events to come? What is the result of the fire? Why are the creeper vines significant? How does the fire's result mirror the boy with the mulberry-colored birthmark's fear?

2. What is the meaning of the beast that makes its first appearance in this chapter? Discuss how it is portrayed, and the other's reaction to it. Does this foreshadow its later significance? How does the beast become real to the boys?

Re: Essay Topics

What is the significance of the boys' first attempt at the fire?
- page 39 "The shameful knowledge grew in them and they did not know how to begin confession"
- page 39 "... the absurd situation was open"
- page 39 "Ralph ... blurted out the last confession of incompetence"
- page 40 "Piggy was surrounded before he could back away"
- page 40 "Ralph elbowed him..."
- page 40 "Stand out of the light"
- page 41 "Trunks crumbled to white dust" "Life became a race with the fire"
- page 41 "The boys lay, panting like dogs."
- page 44 "You got your small fire all right."
- page 44 "... the heart of flame..."
- page 44 " ... savage with smoke and flame .."
- page 44 "The knowledge and the awe made him savage."
- page 45 "Piggy glanced nervously into hell and cradled the conch."
- page 45 "You're always scared. Yah-Fatty!"
- page 45 "All the boys except Piggy started to giggle"
- page 47 "The crowd was as silent as death."
- page 47 "Tall swathes of creepers rose for a moment into view, agonized, and went down again."
- page 47 "Snakes! Snakes! Look at the snakes!"
- page 47 "Perhaps he went back to the, the-"