Essay about The Lord Of The Flies By Thomas C. Foster

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According to Thomas C. Foster whenever characters in literature share a meal it is considered a communion. Just because meals in literature are considered a communion that does not necessarily mean that they are holy. Sharing a meal is an “act of sharing and peace” (Foster 8). Eating food is considered such a personal thing that people only want to share meals with people they are comfortable being around. If an author includes a scene about a meal in their story it is always meant to serve a purpose, such as showing how characters are getting along with each other. When a meal in a story ends badly it is usually not a very good sign. For example, in The Lord of the Flies the boys on the island share many meals together that are representative of bad communion. No work of literature is entirely its own original story. Whether its intentional or not all authors borrow characters, events, and archetypes from other stories they’ve read. Many authors do this intentionally to add depth and a deeper meaning to their work. Also, critics call the interactions between different works of literature intertextuality. Intertextuality adds meaning to the text and brings it to life. A common pattern in literature is that of a woman pretending to be a man to accomplish her goals. This pattern is seen in movies such as She’s the Man and Mulan. Authors use biblical allusions because they expect readers to recognize the biblical stories seeing as the Bible has been imitated for hundreds of…

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