Lord Of The Flies Comparison

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Imagine a group of young British boys: soft skin, brushed hair, tailored outfits. Now imagine them stripped down; what little cloth that covers their bruised bodies tattered, their skin smudged with dirt, and their hands stained with murder. In an alternate setting, with women identifying with the word ‘crazy’ more than person, Ms. Jane Eyre fights the temptation to marry a bigamous man whom she loves more than anything in order to maintain her moral standings. Both Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies are British novels dealing with issues of chaos versus order, societal mistreatment to their respective protagonists, and the authors’ realities compared to their written fiction. Although both novels explore…show more content…
Interestingly enough this is a topic although the two books are involving and made by British citizens, who are traditionally known for their impeccable manners. Lord of the Flies begins as a novel about proud British boys, dressed in pristine school uniforms and choirboy garb, then the story flips; what once was a group of upstanding young men is now a worn down small society of savages who seem to know nothing of their past lives. The entire novel explores the idea of organization within society and under what conditions it can truly thrive, if at all. Featuring underage boys who are lost and without parents, and the expectations of what a society should look like ingrained into them, the readers see how extreme circumstances play out with a society that is often controlled by older people in much more civilized conditions. The first sign of the boys shaking off the traces of the society they grew up in is almost immediate, “He became conscious of the weight of clothes, kicked his shoes off fiercely and ripped off each stocking with its elastic garter in a single movement. Then he...pulled of his shirt, and stood there among the skull-like coconuts...He undid the snake-clasp of his belt, lugged off his shorts and pants, and stood there naked, looking at the dazzling beach and the water” (Golding 10). The longer they stay on the island, the more they lose themselves, the lack of order further proving this. Jane, on the other hand, deals with too much order. In Victorian England, status was everything. Not only is Jane apart of the lower class, with no family, she is also a women, which only contributes to the injustices she experiences. An article from Mail Online, a UK news website, discusses the dark records of the Bethlem Hospital in the late 1800s; the article notes the admittance of women into asylums for little to no valid reason, stating
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