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Forced Situations, Forced Actions Essay

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There are many different fears that one may have including: Monophobia, the fear of being alone, Agoraphobia, the fear of being in crowded places, and Achluophobia, the fear of being in the dark. While looking at these different phobias, one may notice that they all are specific ways that a person may act depending on the setting they are in. It is common for authors to place their characters in a designated setting to reveal the most basic traits of human conduct. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding establishes to his readers the type of isolation that a group of young boys would feel by putting them on a deserted island with no adults, having to adapt to the setting, and learn to survive and get along in a small, confined space. Similarly, in I Only Came to Use the Phone, Garcia Marquez also portrays the big idea of isolation by making the setting of the story a sanatorium for mentally disturbed women. Maria, the main character, whose car broke down in the middle of the desert, was taken to the institution to use the phone to call home, but once she got there she was separated from the rest of the world and was forced to stay there forever. In both stories the setting is very peaceful at the beginning, and so are the characters. As the stories continue, the setting starts to fall apart until the end where the setting is complete chaos, and the characters also become chaotic. One also will see that in the nighttime, characters become immoral about their decisions and actions. Throughout Lord of the Flies and I Only Came to Use the Phone the interaction between the setting and the characters shows a complete parallel. Depending on what the setting is, the characters will act in different ways.
In the beginning of the stories it shows a beautiful, calm setting in which the characters within this setting act accordingly. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies the island setting seems to be very peaceful and beautiful. “Out there perhaps a mile away, the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue. Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still a mountain lake-blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple” (Golding, 10) this setting shows peace and serenity making the reader will feel calm. Corresponding to this setting, in the beginning of the story, the boys are referred to as children, “A child had appeared among the palms about a hundred yards along the beach,” (Golding, 17) representing their innocence and beauty. As one can see, both the setting and characters have similar traits of peace. Likewise, in I Only Came to Use the Phone the setting starts off peaceful and joyful when Maria is being taken to call home to get help. The bus she gets on is calm and quiet and the woman on it is very sweet and caring. “A woman with a military air was sitting next to the bus driver, and she gave Maria a towel and a blanket and made room for her on the seat. Maria wiped off the worst of the rain and then sat...

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