The Most Dangerous Game By William Golding

1479 WordsJul 5, 20166 Pages
Journalist Oriana Fallaci is quoted saying, “The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.” It is the morals that humans are born and raised with that create the civilized beings they are. However, what is taught can be lost in the dysfunctional world we live in today. The short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, and the classic novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, both display the uncivilized nature of mankind and the rash decisions that may happen as a result. Connell’s story begins in the ocean off the coast of Brazil, with a pair of hunters having a conversation, this conversation is short lived, as Sanger Rainsford, the main protagonist falls off the boat and swims to a mysterious Island for safety. Similarly, in Goldings’ Lord of the Flies, school boys between the ages of six and twelve crash onto an island in the Pacific, left to fend for themselves. This occurs when their plane crashes after being shot down. Despite the texts being set in different time periods, the authors express a common and universal theme: the regression of humankind may eventually lead to rash decisions and violence. The epiphany of this shared theme will be compared and contrasted through the troubled antagonists, the descriptive settings, and the distinct symbols used in each text. In both, “The Most Dangerous Game” and Lord of the Flies, disgusting violence is displayed through
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