However, as the fire grows dim, it reflects the attitude of the boys and their loss of morale.
The signal fire can also be viewed as the boys' link to the civilized world.
The signal fire can be viewed as a sign of hope - the hope the boys have to return to society.
When the flames dance brightly, it shows the enthusiasm they hold for the idea of being rescued.
This interpretation comes from the fact that Piggy uses his glasses not oly to see, but also to discern what is right, wrong, safe or harmful.
When Piggy loses his spectacles, he also loses his clear vision and power of discernment.
While these three represent the goodness existing in humanity, Jack and Roger symbolize evil.
Jack shows the power-hungry and savage end of society while Roger represents brutality and bloodlust.
However, as the boys slowly turn to their savage instincts, the power of the conch shell is eroded.
Ralph is holding the shell while he laughs maniacally about Simon’s death.