I Only Came to Use the Flies
In Lord of the Flies and “I Only Came to Use the Phone”, the setting and actions of the characters work together. Both are used to show the multiple cases of irony in the stories. The irony in both stories reveals the true and basic nature in all humans.
First, the authors show readers irony through the customs that the isolated characters bring with them from their previous homes. Ideally, the setting that Maria and all the boys come from represents civilization and order. It is seen that in the beginning, the character’s actions still reflect their previous home. This is ironic because in a few cases, these actions are far from civilized; they actually represent they inherent wrongness in all humans. In Lord of the Flies, the boys immediately create a hierarchy. This is the point in the story where they are the most connected to the society they came from, and they still act inappropriately. It is ironic that this occurs because this is not an instance of the isolated setting causing their actions, the civilized home they come from is. The older boys are immediately more important than the younger boys. They bully Piggy and ostracize him because of his size. Prejudice occurs instantaneously, not because that is what the island made them do, but because that is what occurs in society. Maria also brings her customs and ways of living with her to the asylum in “I Only Came to Use the Phone”. Maria’s life style is very inconsistent. She makes love to multiple men and then abandons them like they are nothing. In a civilized and ideal world, women her age should have a husband and a respectful family. However we see in the story that “She had deserted three men… in the last five years” (Marquez 78). We can see right away that Maria brings these customs with her by the way she acts with the director of the sanatorium. She has a husband and a clear agenda to get into contact with him, however she seems to be very infatuated by the doctor. This is one of the cases where irony shows the development of characters as time passes that they are away from their homes. Evidently, in both situations this irony is used to show the wrong nature of humans in any setting, whether it is an isolated or regular society.
Also, the true and basic nature of humans is shown through the irony of the relationship between the civilized place where the characters originate and the isolated society they are forced into. In Lord of the Flies the kids call each other savages and seem to turn into animals. The officer says to them, “I should have thought that a pack of British boys…would have been able to put up a better show than that” (Golding 202). In all reality the boys create a little society that mirrors the English society at that time. They create sides and team up against each other. Over time it eventually becomes a war, and people are killed because of disagreements or being disliked. They are called savages for starting a war...