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Allusions To The Novel Lord Of The Flies

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Allusions to Lord of the Flies Many works of literature inspire new works to be made every day. From things as old as beowulf to the many shakespeare plays, current day writers keep pulling ideas from the classics to create their own stories. Because of this, many older works of literature are still relevant today. The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is more current than ever with allusion from Popular television shows, music that is heard on the radio and the newest blockbuster movie. The many allusions in modern day literature and works of art to lord of the flies are too numerous to count.
Modern cartoons and television are watched by millions of people every day. having illusions to lord of the flies part of popular shows such as spongebob square pants and the simpsons shows how modern the ideas in lord of the flies actually are. In the spongebob episode called “Club Spongebob” The conch, a main symbol in the book, is used as a sort of leader. After squidward decides to squeeze himself into their clubhouse they get catapulted into the middle of a jungle, Just like how the boys are stranded in the middle of the desert. Spongebob and Patrick refer to the Magic Conch as a voice of reason and figure out what to do by asking it questions. This idea very much comes from the book. In lord of the flies the boys use the conch as a sign of leadership and also organization in a way that anyone who holds it may speak and when it is blown the boys must go to an assembly or meeting on the island. After spongebob and patrick get the word from the magic conch to do nothing squidward becomes frantic, he separates himself from the two, like jack does when he forms his tribe, and tries to form his own house. After a while the magic conch lets patrick and spongebob eat after a plane ever so coincidentally drops food. This in a way is like the pig hunts in the book. After squidward starts to go mad someone finally comes to rescue them, it represents the sailor that ends up on the beach to rescue the boys. He ends up having a magic conch as well and the episode ends with squidward giving in and obeying the conch and all four of them sitting quietly in the jungle just waiting. This allusion is very relevant to modern day because thousands of children watch spongebob. Because it is such a popular show, it shows that the ideas and motifs in the book still interest people today. (SpongeBob)
Another very popular cartoon also had an episode alluding to lord of the flies. The simpsons, which has been on television since 1989 (The Simpsons) Produced an episode “Das Bus” thats is almost a spitting image of the story in the book. It begins with the children going on a trip to a museum, the bus ends up going out of control and crashing into the ocean. The children end up washing up on the shore of an island. This almost mirrors how the boys in lord of the flies end up on an island after a plane crash. Once on the island the kids are called to an assembly by...

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