Lord Of The Flies And I Only Came To Use The Phone

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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 many 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 old 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. The older boys are right away more important than the younger boys. They bully Piggy and look down on him because of his size. Prejudice occurs right away, not because that is what the island made them do, but because that is what goes on 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 many different men and then leaves them like they are nothing. In a civilized and ideal world, women her age should have a husband and a nice respectful family. However we see in the story that “She had deserted three men… in the last five years.” (Marquez 78). Maria makes love with her doctor the first time she sees him even though she has a husband and a clear objective to get into contact with him. 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 come from and their 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 are called savages for starting a war within each other and killing each other, but an even larger scale version of this is going on in England. Likewise, in “I Only Came to Use the Phone” Maria is called mentally ill and obsessive. Her husband agrees with this statement. However, he allows his jealously to take over his whole life. The story even says, “He lost control.” (Marquez 82). He immediately assumes the worst and becomes obsessed with catching Maria in the act of cheating. In the story it says, “Then, he began calling him everyday… and then whenever he was near a telephone.” (Marquez 82). Maria’s husband eventually seems to become as obsessed with the phone as she is accused of being. This irony clearly...

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