Treasure Island And Lord Of The Flies

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Introduction: Memory, symbol, and pattern all can change the way we see literature entirely. Memory helps you make connections and understand the plot better, and symbols force you to apply a new level of analytical consideration to almost everything in the book. Patterns help you predict things and see the big picture, instead of just little details. Recognition of patterns can also help you understand complicated literature because many plots follow the same pattern, and using patterns you can look past extraneous detail and determine the important parts of the piece. 1. Every quest requires a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, trials when going there, and a plot or characterization related reason to go there, which almost…show more content…
Intertextuality is when you make connections between two stories; the connection that you make can change the way you look at any story, applying another level of understanding and comprehension. These aren’t always conscious connections, but when we can bring them forth and consciously apply them, whatever connection we develop can become far more vital to the plot. For example, the Lord of the Flies by William Golding is closely related to Treasure Island by Louis Stevenson. Both have heroes with good intentions, but while Treasure Island presents an adventure-filled life on the seas, with reward for brashness and brutality, Lord of the Flies serves to warn against letting your full, society-lacking humanity take over. Both are stories about how people behave when society has no more hold on you, when you’re out on the high seas and there are no immediate repercussions for violence and poor behavior. They both present the idea that out in the uncontrollable ocean, the way a human thinks can be inspired by the lack of…show more content…
Greek culture and mythology has been the basis of literature, culture, art, and ideology for several centuries, and are used to explain human behavior in some situations, such as the naming of the Oedipus and Electra complex. Several Greek stories present different elements of human nature and how they’re dealt with. This is generalized as the ‘one story’, where humans are challenged by the harsh parts of life and humanity. Writers often mimic mythology to present these ideas in a recognizable way. The Greek legend of Odysseus shows the issues caused by the weaknesses and ‘fatal flaws’ in man, such as Achilles’ pride, Hector’s obsession with protecting his family, ignorance, and even battling fate set out by a higher power. These themes are echoed across mythology and often become direct influences for popular books such as the Percy Jackson series, where Greek gods and their influences are placed into the modern world and the same themes are approached, with reference to the original stories. In the books, Percy struggles against his fate that has been predestined by Oracles that send him on quests and, like in the Odyssey, keep him away from his home. In addition, the Greek legends have created several character archetypes that are still used in the modern day. Antigone, one of the first strong-willed female characters that defies her Uncle Creon out of her desire for honor, set the groundwork for future women who overcame their fear to follow their

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