A Comparison of Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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A Comparison of Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Works Cited Missing I compared the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. The novels contain a great deal in common and the similarities between these two novels begin with their authors. The personal experiences of both Golding and Conrad encouraged them to write their novels. William Golding was greatly …show more content…
One instance where Jack struggles with the urge to abide by the rules of civilization and the urge to give into savagery is on page 31 where Ralph, Jack, and Simon find a pig caught in creepers and just as Jack draws his knife and raises his arm, his civilized instincts stop him and the pig gets away. When Jack is asked why he didn't kill the pig, it reads "They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood". Also, Jack's promise that "next time" he will go for the kill foreshadows how he will let his savage instincts take over. Roger also demonstrates the theme of civilization versus savagery on page 62 when he is throwing stones at the littluns it reads, "Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space around Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins". Roger's civilizing instincts prevents him from hurting Henry with

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