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It represents the boys' connection to the outside world and civilization. They initially start it using Piggy's glasses which is the only form of advancement they still have from society. The signal fire also changes from a signal fire to a fire for cooking meat and then hunting Ralph as the boys gradually lose their connection to civilization and turn into savages.

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Yes, if you read the last few lines of the final chapter you would know that a Royal Navy vessel spots the smoke from the huge fire that engulfs the island during the hunting of Ralph by Jack and his hunters.

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At the end of novel jacks tribe tries to kill ralph, who is now left alone since piggy died,

By letting the island on fire to drive Ralph out from hiding the smoke from the fire caught the attention of a navy who came to save them

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What is the symbolism of the glasses in Lord of the Flies?

the glasses symbolize hope because with the glasses the boys can start a signal fire,cook,and have heat

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make a fire on the hill.

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What kind of fire is needed and what is actually made Lord of the Flies?

The original purpose of the fire on the mountain was to act as a signal to attract the attention of passing ships and airplanes. Initially though the enthusiasm of the boys in throwing fresh wood on the fire lead to it becoming a huge out of control bonfire which then sends out sparks which cause further fires. Later on in the story the signal fire deteriorates into a small cooking fire for the boys on "signal fire" duty.