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Terror Within The Grove (A Comparison Of The Grove Scenes In The Novels The Lord Of The Flies And Heart Of Darkness)

861 words - 4 pages

When one actually takes the time to read several pieces of classical literature, you can begin to connect different books to one another based on similar themes or symbols. This is very apparent especially in the novels The Lord of Flies and Heart of Darkness. Although these stories take place in different settings, they share a lot of the same ideas, even scenes. The Lord of Flies begins when a flight carrying some boys that crashes on an island. They must learn how to gather food, find shelter, and try and signal for help to get off the island. The main character, Ralph, is in charge at first, but then Jack decides to make his own group and branch off. This then leads to the death of both ...view middle of the document...

We also see how The Lord of the Flies gets its namesake in its respective grove scene. Here, the pig head on the stake in the forest is a symbol for the deterioration of human order as all rules of society go out the door with the colony of lost boys on the island.
The grove scenes in Heart of Darkness and The Lord of the Flies also are extreme turning points in both novels. Simon comes face to face in a very unforgettable way with the impaled pig’s head. It is at this point in the novel that we realize the nature of what will happen to the boys. The Lord of the Flies speaks to Simon, saying that he “lives in everyone” and that he has a part in their thoughts and actions. From this point forward, chaos takes over, and causes the inhumane actions of the stranded boys. The grove scene in Heart of Darkness is the part in the novel where Marlow recognizes that his venture into Africa isn’t going to be the typical tourist experience. The locals aren’t allowed to live their own lives; they are abused and forced into doing things for the troop. From now on, Marlow doesn’t regard Kurtz as such a fantastic person.
Finally, the grove scenes in the two novels act as a major source of relating one of the themes of each novel to readers. In Heart of Darkness, readers can finally realize the...

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