Historical Context In Lord Of The Flies

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Historical Context is Vital to Understand a Memoir Reading an excellent memoir is stepping into the author’s past; the strokes of descriptive writing throughout the story paint a picture in the reader’s mind, allowing one to escape from their own reality into another’s. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Elie Wiesel’s Night each have a historical background; however, the importance of each varies depending on the type of literary work. Lord of the Flies tells a story of a large group of schoolboys that landed on an island after their plane crashed. These kids begin their adventure by electing a leader named Ralph, and initially they act civil, organized, and ready to survive. As the novel progresses, a rebellious older boy named Jack begins to act out, trying to replace Ralph with himself as leader. Eventually, the wild, rambunctious nature of these boys wreaks havoc on the ability of the group to survive together, and three boys tragically died before a Navy ship comes to their rescue. The historical context of this book is short; there is a World War happening, and the boys’ plane was shot down by an enemy pilot. This was the entire reason they were stranded on an island in the first place. Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography and memoir explaining Eliezer’s experiences as an Orthodox Jew in Sighet, a Transylvanian town in Hungary, during World War II. Wiesel goes through each event that led to the tragic deaths of his mother, sisters, and eventually even his
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