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A War Ridden Childhood: Analysis Comparing Lord Of The Flies By William Golding And A Separate Peace By John Knowles

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Beyond one’s personal world, there is a bigger world open to everyone. Because of how open the world is, humans are exposed to events outside of their own surroundings so much that one is bound to become influenced by these events and even begin to revolve their own thinking around the main outside influence. Lord of the Flies is about a group of young English schoolboys who all get plane wrecked on an uninhabited island and have to survive on their own until rescued. Within Lord of the Flies by William Golding, several hints of war and symbols of war are dropped periodically throughout the time that the Ralph and the boys are stuck on the island. In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the setting is an school in America taking place during a war. The schoolboys are about juniors in high school and are being directly influenced by the ongoing war such as preparing the seniors into becoming soldiers for the war rather than the actual schooling. In conclusion, the presence of war is able to influence man into acting and doing things one is not accustomed to when war is present, because of this, the actions leads to a shadow emerging from within man and thus occurs everywhere in the world symbolizing that the personal world that is basically the whole world at hand.
An event from the outside world affects the actions of an individual. Devon in A Separate Peace beings to train the seniors into becoming soldiers and preparing for enlistment during the Summer Session when Gene and his classmates were juniors. "We were not Upper Middler exactly. For this was the Summer Session, just established to keep up with the pace of the war. We were in the shaky transit that summer from the groveling status of Lower Middlers to the near-respectability of Upper Middlers. The class above us, seniors, draft-bait, practically soldiers, rushed ahead of us toward the war." (Knowles, pg. 15). The school began to train its students in a militaristic flavor rather than the traditional one. Not only the school is pressured into the war, but the students as well, for example, the character Phineas consistently thinking about the topic of war and the boys additionally make up a game called blitzball, derived from the word “blitzkrieg”, which means “lightning war” in German. In "Lord of the Flies", the "beast" deemed by the boys was a parachutist that died and was basically war at its finest meaning the amounts of death that occurred. Throughout the time of containment in the island, there were many actions that were obviously predominant in the young boys minds such as the use of the mask. Jack alluded to the use of dazzle paint- “For hunting. Like in the war, You know- dazzle paint. Like things trying to look like something else-” (Golding, pg 73). Dazzle paint was used during the World Wars to distort the enemy's line of vision when in naval battle. There was additionally the throwing of rocks down the mountain when Ralph, Jack, and Simon were first exploring around the...

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