Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding and A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah are novels that address different aspects of humanity’s darker side. Lord of the Flies suggests that an extreme obsession for power can lead to a decay of morals and the acceptance of savagery; in contrast, Beah in A Long Way Gone demonstrates that fear and hatred, while they may drive people to commit violent acts, can be overcome with the help of surrounding care and support. The two texts express clear differences in that while Golding creates a fictitious story to describe how greed can simulate the descent into barbarism and the disintegration of the relationship of seemingly inseparable friends, Beah details through his autobiography his personal experiences with the Sierra Leone war in finding new family and comrades in the midst of cruelty and violence. Despite these differences, both authors express the idea that in the absence of civilization, represented by a lack of parenting, even the best of people can lose their sense of right and wrong. In both novels, the general idea of the downward spiral from order to chaos is illustrated as the characters are taken from their daily routines and plunged into a life full of fear and desperation. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, Jack is portrayed as a person becoming increasingly capable of violent acts as “he trie[s] to convey the compulsion to track down and kill… The madness [comes] into his eyes again” (Golding 51). He is starting his…
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