Society And Human Nature : Lord Of The Flies

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Yasmin Hassan 9/4/14
AP Literature
Society and Human Nature
Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are a pair of novels that perform a common goal of using microcosms to critique society and human nature. Pride and Prejudice uses the story of a young woman falling in love as a background for a large criticism of society at the time and its expectations for women. Meanwhile, Lord of the Flies creates a direct parallel between the politics of its little island and the politics of the world using the characters as direct symbols. Both stories use microcosm well, creating numerous connections for readers to draw upon as they read the novels.

Pride and Prejudice is the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they are pressured into marrying rich and powerful men by their mother. The Bennet sisters can be said to represent all women during this time, as the expectation for women to be well-mannered and marry while they were young was standard practice for this time period. The Bennet sisters are all beautiful and intelligent young ladies, but rather than use their intelligence for themselves, they happily go with what they are told and marry themselves off to rich and reputable men, once again the standard practice for women during this time. Everyone in the Bennet household follows the desires of the mother, except for Elizabeth.

Elizabeth contradicts her mother throughout the story, even going so far as to say that Mrs.
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