Lord Of The Flies Critical Analysis

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Imagine a world where everyone got along without conflicts. Would that be possible in the world as it is now or would everyone's inner darkness and greed come out? In Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad it was not possible. In Lord of the Flies, many boys are stranded on an island, alone. At first, they decide to work together but as the novel went on, it became clear that they were going to split up. And then in the frame tale Heart of Darkness, Marlow tells a story about a character named Kurtz' obsessions with ivory. Throughout both novels, the authors have the audience questioning whether the true nature of humans is good or bad. Even though it could be argued otherwise, Golding and Conrad use literary devices to show that the true nature of humans is essentially bad.
Both Golding and Conrad use characterization to show how the true nature of humans is bad. In Lord of the Flies, Jack never agreed with anything the group decided during their assemblies. He wanted to be chief from the beginning so everyone would listen to him, but when it became clear that no one wanted to listen, he just left the group. “‘I’m going off by myself. [Ralph] can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too’” (Golding 99). After Jack and his hunters left, they made their main priority to hunt pigs and the beast; this shows how Jack thought he was superior. Jack is similar to Kurtz from Heart of Darkness because Kurtz thought he was

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