The Metamorphosis, And The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Throughout the human experience, mankind has never changed. There have been many physical changes, but man is still just an animal. As a society, since the renaissance, we have tried to distance ourselves from animals, convincing ourselves that we are different. We are not, we still have primal urges, we still need to eat, to breathe, we are still animals. Two novels: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, prove this statement to be true. In Kafka’s novella, the reader observes a man’s descent into his own depression due to his parent’s selfishness, and the isolative nature it created within him. In Golding’s novel, we observe a group of young boys put onto an island where there are no rules, and they are the makers of their own destinies. Neither of these novels end well, as one ends with a man’s will to live breaking, and the other with the brutal massacre of children. Both novels delve into the darker side of humanity, and both leave the reader with more knowledge about the world as a whole, and themselves. Both The Lord of the Flies and The Metamorphosis explore the worst parts of the dark, greedy, and nightmarish beast called man. Greed and darkness are always present in man, but it takes situational pressures to pull them out. In both stories, the characters were content with their horrible situations because they hadn’t faced strong outside pressures yet. In both stories this comes in the form of a sudden occurrence. In the…

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