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Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Comparison

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Comparison

Survival in Auschwitz Lord of the Flies Plane holding british boys between the ages of 5-12 crashes on a deserted island
Understand that they may be stuck on the island for a while and need to learn how to survive
Elect a leader
Signal fire
Gather food
Kill the pig Lord of the Flies Show the measures they're willing to go to in order to survive
Killing Simon why they think they are threatened
Jack trying to kill Ralph
In the attempt to survive, the children become savages Jews are thrown into concentrations camps during WW2
Beaten, starved and overworked
Try to be civil in the beginning
Their lives quickly begin to revolve around simply surviving Survival in Auschwitz "Here the struggle to survive is without respite, because everyone is desperately and ferociously alone" (p.88)
"Day by day everyone felt his strength vanish, his desire to live melt away, his mind grow dim" (p.116)
People begin to lose their identities when their only job in life is to survive Comparison In both novels a group of people are thrown into unknown territory and forced to adapt to their surroundings
They do what they have to do in order to survive
People lose their identities while trying to survive
ex: Null Achtzehn
ex: Percy Wemys Madison Lord of the Flies Theme of Survival Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Human Nature Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Theme of survival Theme of Survival Survival in Auschwitz Theme of survival Theme of survival Theme of survival Survival in Auschwitz Human Nature Prisoners of Auschwitz were stripped of their basic human rights (freedom, privacy... etc)
Levi seems to prove that most people will only care about their own well being when faced with near death experiences
When ones life is on the line, one will revert to savagery in order to survive Survival in Auschwitz Human Nature Darwinism
Levi is an example of Darwinism
This theory would suggest that Null Achtzehn did not survive because he was weak and lost his will to live Lord of the Flies Human nature Group of children who are unaware of what kind of adults they will become
Revert back to their basic primal instincts
Food, shelter and pleasure Lord of the Flies Human nature Turns into Darwinism
Jack is the best example of this
Wants to kill Ralph so he can be the leader
The weaker children are killed by the stronger children (Simon & Piggy)
The stronger children become savages Comparison Human nature Both lost civilization
Both revert to Darwinism
The weak do not survive
The strongest have trouble not becoming savages (Ralph & Levi)
Everything reverts to primal instincts
"Man is fundamentally brutal, egotistical, and stupid in his conduct once every civilized institution is taken away" - Survival in Auschwitz (p.87) Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz The Beast Lord of the Flies Survival in Auschwitz Lord of the Flies The beast The boys believe that the beast is real
Symbolizes the savagery and primal instincts they all have inside of them
The emotions of the boys is what created the beast Lord of the Flies The beast Caused Jack, Ralph and Piggy to attack and kill Simon
Caused Jack to burn down the island in order to find Ralph Survival in Auschwitz The beast Symbolizes the evil inside everyone
Some people are able to fight the beast
Levi doesn't let the beast take over Survival in Auschwitz The beast Kuhn is a good example of someone who has been taken over by the beast
Selfish
Given up on humanity
Doesn't care about the lives of anyone else Comparison The beast The beast is inside everyone
Came out when civilization was lost
Levi and Simon can be compared as people who were not affected by the beast
Symbolizes the primal instincts one gets while in a threatening situation Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Symbols of civilization Lord of the Flies Symbols of civilization The Conch
Used to gather the boys together
Needed to hold the conch to talk
Symbolizes order that can only be found in a civilized manner Lord of the Flies Symbols of civilization Piggy's Glasses:
Used to start fires
Symbol of science
Science represents civilization
Ralph:
The appointed leader
A democracy is important with civilization Survival in Auschwitz Symbols of civilization Man in the shower:
Water is dirty
Still takes shower because he doesn't want to lose everything from his old life
Survival in Auschwitz Symbols of civilization Comparison Symbols of civilization Both novels have different symbols of civilization
These symbols are used to show how important civilization is Lord of the Flies & Survival in Auschwitz Loss of civilization Lord of the Flies Loss of civilization Put on an island with no adults and no rules
Children got to decide how they wanted to run the island
Elected a leader to run the island and keep the civilization Lord of the Flies Loss of civilization Ralph tried to keep the peace but Jack was too much for him to handle
Jack left civilization when he left the group to start his own cult
The conch was destroyed during a confrontation and this symbolized the actual end of civilization on the island Survival in Auschwitz Loss of civilization Thrown into concentration camps where they were not treated as human beings
Caused them to give up on humanity and lose their idea of civilization
People became savages Survival in Auschwitz Loss of civilization Null Achtzehn:
Given up on life
Doesn't know his own name
"When he speaks, when he looks around, he gives the impression of being empty inside" (p.42)
Kuhn:
Complete disregard for his fellow man
Has no faith in humanity Comparison Loss of civilization Forced into new surrounds against their will
Forgot what the outside world was like
Began to lose hope
Some turned into savages Resnyk:Stays true to his identityGenuinely a good personHelps Levi with his work because he is strong enough to do soSymbolizes all the people who still hadn't lost civilization
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