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How Is The Theme Of Survival Explored In The Hunger Games And Lord Of The Flies?

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In The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, there is a mutual theme of survival. It might not be only about survival of people, as much as it is survival of their minds, their identities. Many characters, in both The Hunger Games and in Lord of The Flies, are desperately trying to keep their humanity intact, as well as their philosophies, such as Katniss and Peeta, and Ralph and Simon. Some seem to lose it along the way such as Cato and Jack, and some seem to have no mortality in the first place. This is shown in people such as Roger, who only seemed to be bound by the rules of society and has now broken free and able to do whatever he pleases without the fear of adult chastisement. This is shown in the quote “Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.” This shows us that although Roger feels the urge to torment Henry, by bombarding him with stones, but the remainders of socially required standards of behavior are still too strong for him to give in completely to his savage impulses.
Peeta shows that he is unwilling to play in the hands of the capitol and to die on their terms. “I want to die as myself. I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not." This quote shows us that even though Peeta could be dead the next day, he is still worrying and struggling with how to preserve his identity. It shows us how greatly he cares about not losing one’s self, about not feeling as if he were just another pawn in their game of chess.
Jack is however, in contrast, not against altering into an animal-like creature that is obsessed with hunting. “Jack planned his new face. He made one cheek and one eye-socket white, then he rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal across from right ear to left jaw. He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. He split the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly.” This illustrates to us that Jack is transforming, evolving from a human to a more violent, more cruel beast, which is ironic; as he is pursuing a beast himself, never grasping that the beast is inside him. He appears to be content with his new face, his hunting skills, and his new mind-set. There is also vivid imagery used with words such as slashed and split, which remind us of his first kill, and the tribal-style dancing that seems to show that the boys are altering from innocent little schoolboys to crazy, inhuman predators.
Another divergence in the stories is the setting. Although both setting include “sparse piney woods” or a “long scar smashed into the forest that was in bath of heat” there seems to be no beaches or mountains in The Hunger Games nor a lake or a field of wheat in...

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