I Only Came to Use the Flies

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I Only Came to Use the Flies In Lord of the Flies and “I Only Came to Use the Phone”, the setting and actions of the characters work together. Both are used to show the multiple cases of irony in the stories. The irony in both stories reveals the true and basic nature in all humans. First, the authors show readers irony through the customs that the isolated characters bring with them from their previous homes. Ideally, the setting that Maria and all the boys come from represents civilization and order. It is seen that in the beginning, the character’s actions still reflect their previous home. This is ironic because in a few cases, these actions are far from civilized; they actually represent they inherent wrongness in all humans. In…show more content…
Evidently, in both situations this irony is used to show the wrong nature of humans in any setting, whether it is an isolated or regular society. Also, the true and basic nature of humans is shown through the irony of the relationship between the civilized place where the characters originate and the isolated society they are forced into. In Lord of the Flies the kids call each other savages and seem to turn into animals. The officer says to them, “I should have thought that a pack of British boys…would have been able to put up a better show than that” (Golding 202). In all reality the boys create a little society that mirrors the English society at that time. They create sides and team up against each other. Over time it eventually becomes a war, and people are killed because of disagreements or being disliked. They are called savages for starting a war within each other and killing each other, while an even larger scale version of this is happening in England. Likewise, in “I Only Came to Use the Phone” Maria is called mentally ill and obsessive. Her husband agrees with this statement. However, he allows his jealously to take over his whole life. The story says, “He lost control” (Marquez 82). He immediately assumes the worst and becomes obsessed with catching Maria in the act of cheating. In the story it states, “Then, he began calling him everyday… and then whenever he was near a telephone” (Marquez 82). Maria’s husband seems to be as
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