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The Beach Vs. Lord of the Flies

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Alex Palisoc

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The Beach VS Lord of the Flies A comparative presentation By Alex, Ivanna, Katia, Kosala, and Vanita THEME CONFLICT SETTING CHARACTERIZATION GENRE Let's play a little game called ... Good Night, Jim-Bob Thesis: William Golding and Alex Garland express seperation from society as a series of stages in the novels Lord of the Flies and The Beach. First off, Supporting Arguement #1:
The first stage shows the influence and strength
society has on the characters. Supporting Arguement #2:
The isolation and lack of resources of the islands cause the innate evil inside of them to be revealed, which attempts to break their bond with civilization Supporting Arguement #3:
The third and final stage is the end of all law and order as a result of complete dominance the darkness has over the characters. Lord of the Flies "Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw
them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in
diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet
strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents, and school and policeman and the law."
(Golding 62) The Beach "After breakfast people would begin to disperse. Mornings were for working and everybody had their job to do ... There were four main areas of work: fishing, gardening, cooking, and carpentry."
(Garland 118) Lord of the Flies "Look! We've killed a pig"
(Golding 69) "I got you meat! ... I painted my face -I stole up. Now you eat -all of you."
(Golding 74) The Beach "But I did find it interesting that i wasn't the only one to experience the amnesiac effect of the beach
(Garland 203) Lord of the Flies "At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore."
(Golding 153) The Beach "But the more cutters that arrived, the more anonymous they became ... Darkness spread, features melted. When Etienne vanished I was alone with stranger."
(Garland 427) Whether or not a person is isolated by choice or by fate, the stages of seperation are true and will eventually occur no matter who you are and under any circumstances. William Golding and Alex Garland have created variety of allegoric illustrations in the novels The Lord of the Flies and The Beach. Both novels adequately show the path of guidance, the use of rituals and celebrations. Thesis: Supporting Arguement #1 The Map vesus the Conch (Path of guidance) The Beach “Then on one of a cluster of small islands I noticed a black mark. An X mark. I looked closer. Written underneath in tiny letters was the word beach.” (Garland 15) Lord of the Flies “S’right. It’s a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone’s back wall. A conch he called it.” (Golding 15) Supporting Arguement #2 The rice run versus the pig hunt (use of rituals). The Beach Lord of the Flies “Unhygenix tore open the top of the nearest full sack and rice poured out, black and green, puffed up into fat clods of fungus, completely rotten.” (Garland 142) “Here was loop of creeper with a tendril pendant from a node. The tendril was polished on the underside; pigs, passing through the loop, brushed it with their bristly hide.” (Golding 48) Supporting Arguement #3 The Tet festival versus the feast (celebration). The Beach Lord of the Flies “The Tet festival, named by another absent friend, Daffy, is our yearly birthday. It was the date we first spent a night on the beach, and we celebrate it accordingly.” (Garland 320) “Let them go, said Ralph uneasily. I don’t care. Just for some meat, and for hunting said Ralph wisely, and for pretending to be a tribe, and putting on war paint.” (Golding 148) As a result, allegoric illustrations are provided through direction, routines, and festivity. It is clear that every novel has its own way of expressing the symbolic structures. It could be symbolized through objects, characters or locations. First off, let's give a little summary of the Beach! - In POEM form - Richard goes to Thailand
He is in search of an island
Daffy gives him a map
and then dies in a snap He meets a french couple
while getting introuble
They go to the Beach
which they wanted to reach They loved it at first
but then it got worse
The secret was spread
because the map was read The leader got mad
because Richard was bad
He gave the map away
which gave others the way to the secret place
where now people are ripping up a face
Richard and friends escape in a raft
and have the last laugh CUZ THEY LIVED!!!!! Thesis: The novels Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Beach by Alex Garland both contain similar characters as Christ like figures, villains, and characters that become aware of the coldness of human hearts throughout their journey in the novels. Supporting Arguement #1 Both novels Lord of the Flies and The Beach contain Christ like characters which oppose other characters and thus lead to a conflict. Lord of the Flies “You’ll get back to where you
came from.”
(Golding 111) The Beach "Will you come? If Christo is dead, and if he isn't? I'll stay"
(Garland 402) Supporting Arguement #2 Supporting Arguement#3 All humans contain evilness inside them and under survival threatening circumstances the wickedness comes out. "Kill the beast, cut his throat spill his blood"
(Golding 152) Lord of the Flies The Beach “He’d cut Sammy’s head off, Cut it off, and was swinging it by the hair. And suddenly Jean had a knife and was cutting at the thin German girl, slicing into her belly and pulling out her insides. Then Cassie joined them, hunched over Zeph, working on his thighs.”
(Garland 425-426) Human beings are able to realize what is their neighbouring and also feel the coldness of human hearts which leaves them scared for life. Lord of the Flies The Beach “Ralph wept for the end of innocence the darkness of man’s hear, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
(Golding 208) “I carry a lot of scars, I like how it sounds. I carry a lot of scars" (Garland 436) Humans are not born with an evil trait, what makes people go crazy is a weak psychological mind, as some characters keep their purity of a Christ like figure. Thesis: In the books The Beach by Alex Garland and The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, isolation from the outside world and the circumstances that the characters are faced with cause conflict to occur. Supporting Arguement #1 Supporting Arguement #2 Supporting Arguement #3 Since the characters are away from civilization they are more willing to murder. The Beach Lord of the Flies “If Christo dies during Tet, no one has to know. People aren’t exactly begging for news, so I can hold it back until the time feels right. No, our real problem to my mind is...Karl”
(Garland 384) “But then the fatal unreasoning knowledge came to him again. The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon hung over the island like a vapor. These painted savages would go further and further. Then there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack; who therefore would never let him alone; never.”
(Golding 184) The Beach The Beach Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies Many complications arrived from the societies trying to survive in the wilderness. “I’d had no idea that the effect of the food poisoning had been so severe...through the burning fumes was the sour smell of vomit” (Garland 261) “How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make?”
(Golding 80) The conflicts of leadership that occur on the islands proceeds with the characters savage behaviour in the end of the novels. “Then she started screaming and clawing at her cheeks. Sal’s and Sammy’s faces had made contact as she rolled off him, and Sammy had no lower jaw. She screamed the way some people cry. People who never normally cry, so you know that the tears are coming from somewhere unthinkably deep inside. ”
(Garland 425) “What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.”
(Golding 196) Seclusion and the terrible things that the characters experienced on the islands pushed them to act in a barbaric manner. The lack of control or a good, authoritative leader made the societies lose order. Their struggles to survive and their differing opinions caused many difficult situations and complications. Given the circumstance these characters were put in, it shows that everyone has an innate evil. Thesis: Supporting Argument #1 Supporting Argument #2 Supporting Argument #3 The Beach The Beach The Beach Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies By: Alex P. By: Ivanna S. By: Katia P. By: Kosala U. By: Vanita M. THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!! NOW ENJOY THE LOLLIPOPS!!!!!!! In both novels Lord of the flies by William Golding and The Beach, differences on the island manifest within abundance and segregation. Surviving on their own where they have to fend for themselves, where affluence is demonstrated. “His specs-use them as burning glasses!
(Golding 40).
Ralph moved the lense back and forth, this way and that till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood. Almost at once a thin trickle of smoke rose up and mad him caught. Jack knelt too and blew gently, so that the smoke drifted away, thicking and a tiny flame appeared”
(Golding 41). “There were four main areas of work: fishing, gardening, cooking and carpentry”
(Garland 118). Abundance is depicted in two different views within each novels, where one group has the essential materials to live for years and on the other hand the other group only have enough material to survive for a couple of months. “We might have to live here for a long time, maybe the rest of our lives! If we are stuck acting like kids! We’ve got to be sensible and make things work! (Golding 24). “you fish, swim, eat, laze around and everyone so friendly it’s such simple stuff but... if I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this”
(Garland 132) Rescues and escape from isolation to get freedom “A naval officer stood on the sand, looking down at Ralph in wary astonishment”
(Golding 200.) “We didn’t have to paddle for long. A few hours after dawn broke a fishing boat came to check us out. And after a bit of banter, they towed us back to Koh Samui”
(Garland 432.) Living on the beach would be amazing. If that wasn't enough, here's a little trailer of the movie!
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