Essay on Lord Of The Flies By William Golding And The Kite Runner

1751 Words Nov 25th, 2015 8 Pages
People face pressure in their lives every day, especially in college, because students are working hard to get a successful job. Why is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the university with the highest suicide rate in America? Could it be because pressure, whether academic, social, peer, or environmental tend to affect young people in a negative way? By comparing and contrasting social pressure, peer pressure and environmental pressure in Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, similarities are evident, such as the reasons for characters to associate with one another, characters craving acceptance, and new environments causing characters to act out. However, each novel has distinct differences such as reasoning behind characters actions, how characters react to peer pressure, and whether characters like their surroundings or not. These comparisons show how peer pressure, societal pressure and environmental pressure cause people to react in abnormal ways. Pressure from society causes characters to act in a way that is accepted by society, and not what a character really wants to do. In The Kite Runner, Baba imposes society on Amir, which forces him to make decisions that affect his life in the long run. When Amir says, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price?... He was just a Hazara, wasn 't he?” (Hosseini 70), it proves that Baba 's opinions on society rub off on…

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