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Skye Miller Essay

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How Can One Author Be Better Than Another?

Literature allows us to see many various aspects of human nature. Some texts do a better job at getting their message across than others. In both Lord of the Flies and “I Only Came To Use the Phone” the authors are trying to convey that when someone is put into a foreign situation that stirs up fear, they will begin to act unlike themselves. Golding is able to better portray this message through his characters, style, and setting by showing that life or death situations will cause a person to do whatever is necessary to survive.

Innocence is usually associated with children, so Golding made the right decision in not having adults on ...view middle of the document...

“Ralph, carried away by a sudden thick excitement, grabbed Eric’s spear and jabbed at Robert with it” (Golding 114). Although they stop, it is unbelievable that young boys would turn on one of their own to the point where he could have been killed. The school boys have not shown any vicious actions before this point in the story, so this came as a shock to the reader. Later in the story the boys circle around Simon, who is bringing them important news about the beast, and they murder him. This allows the reader to see how the fear of the unknown beast has caused innocent children to become cold-blooded killers.

When looking at Marquez’s story you see the he doesn’t do as well with violence as Golding. Maria is afraid of the matron, but the reader does not see her lash out as viciously as the boys in Lord of the Flies do. Maria’s lack of extremely brutal behavior is another one of Marquez’s downfalls. “Maria paralyzed with terror, looked at her sideways” (Marquez 75). Her fear causes one major outburst of desperation like the boys’, but the boys have many outbursts throughout their story, which conveys once again why Golding is more efficient at getting his message across.

In addition to characters, another way to convey a message is with word choice. Golding does this by choosing words that cause the reader to feel a certain way. He uses words that are very abrasive, so you can see that the boys aren’t as innocent as they once were. “His voice was loud and savage, and struck them to silence” (Golding 70). Ralph is angry that the ship had passed by the island and did not stop for the boys because there was no fire signal on the mountain. Ralph, being the leader of the group, is concerned with whether or not they will be saved. He is fearful that he and the others will never escape. That fear is what pushes him to anger and takes away his child-like carelessness towards life. By Golding using words like, “savage” and “struck”, the reader gets a sense of violence, which backs up Ralph’s loss of innocence. Marquez, however, does not have as great a word choice. “Maria looked out from under the blanket and saw a pair of icy eyes and an inescapable forefinger pointing her into the line. She obeyed” (Marquez 73). These quotes are similar in that an action of an authority figure caused a person(s) to fall under the control of that figure, but they are different in regards to their harshness. “Icy” and “inescapable” do not give off the same violently desperate mood as “savage” and “struck.” If the reader compares two more quotes the reader gets another example of Golding’s superior style skills. “Jack held up the head and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick which pierced...

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