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(A Comparison Of The Statements Made In Famous Scenes In Lord Of The Flies And Heart Of Darkness)

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Throughout the course of my senior English career, there aren’t any texts I’ve read that have affected me as deeply as Lord of the Flies or Heart of Darkness. Not only are they shocking and saddening at face value, but once you realize the symbols represented by their most famous scenes, they become so much more than words on paper. These texts become testaments to the faults of humanity on a global scale. These aren’t your average symbols of some romantic idea. When the realization hits you, you can almost feel it. But, with how different these two works are, can they have similar messages about humanity? As a matter of fact, they do. The shared messages about the human condition in The ...view middle of the document...

As children, most people are ignorant of the tragedies and troubles of the world. This is the way the world should be. Kids should just enjoy childhood. Ignorance is bliss, after all. But, invariably, at some point in a person’s life they will experience something that will take their innocence to the true nature of the world. In The Lord of the Flies, this in my opinion happens when Jack kills his first pig. He has seen death first hand, and shares this loss of innocence with his disciples on future hunts, further dehumanizing himself and others to the point that everyone but Ralph and the young children are savages. Simon was the first to understand this, but upon his return he was killed by the frenzied youths. In Heart of Darkness, this happens to Marlow pretty severely. Upon his exploration of the outer camp, he finds something that will change his view of humanity forever. “In the steady buzz of flies the homeward-bound agent was lying finished and insensible; the other, bent over his books, was making correct entries of perfectly correct transactions; and fifty feet below the doorstep I could see the still tree-tops of the grove of death. (Page 28)” Fifty feet away from the agent sitting at his desk busily doing his accounting, there were African slaves deemed useless who were sitting there, waiting to die. Everyone in this world loses their innocence somehow.
Lastly, The Lord of The Flies and Heart of Darkness manifest the fact that we are manipulative. People have no problem with using other people if it means they will profit from it somehow. This is why we had slavery, the holocaust, etc, etc. In The Lord of the Flies, Jack symbolizes this throughout the book. He forces his will...

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