Analysis Of The Book ' Lord Of The Flies '

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Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”. In Lord of the Flies and “Harrison Bergeron” the reader is able to see the consistent theme of what humans will do to maintain equality or take power from each other or in other words the act of dehumanization. Through vivid dialogue and detail Vonnegt and Golding convey to the readers what humans will do to maintain equality or take power from one another. Although Harrison does traject the central theme of “Harrison Bergeron”, Jack better conveys the paramount theme of Lord of the Flies through his actions and dialogue. Harrison Bergeron is so frightening that he is arrested "on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government" (42). A government news bulletin describes him as "a genius and an athlete, […] under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous" (42). We 're told that "he had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up" (44), and that he 's "exactly seven feet tall" (43). There 's even a photo to prove it. One strong message of the story is that the attempt to make everyone equal, not only in status (all men are created equal) but in fact, results in vapidity of culture and society. Instead of treating all people the same way, the government here attempts to make everyone physically and mentally the same so nobody feels
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