William Golding And Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Living through an event as treacherous as World War Two, or as devastating as the Great Depression is profoundly life changing. “Experiences shape the brain, but the brain shapes the way we view experiences, too,” anthropologist and human behavior researcher Helen Fisher hypothesizes. John Steinbeck and William Golding’s experiences in the midst of tumultuous times in history shape the distinct message each attempts to convey throughout their most famous works; however, their views differ significantly. While William Golding reiterates humanity’s inherent evil with absolute conviction, Steinbeck analyzes the dark and evil aspects of society, to which he attributes any perceived evil. The worlds both authors create are the perfect conditions …show more content…
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Simon, the symbolic Christ figure character, detects the beast inside him and other people. At the conclusion of this particular scene from Lord of the Flies, Golding states, “His gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition”(Golding 138). Simon recognizes the presence of evil within humanity by conversing with the evil piece of his psyche, thus supporting the theory that society obscures evil and the idea that the “darkness of a man’s heart” reveals itself once people are taken out of their acclimatized environments, as is the case with the boys. Steinbeck, on the other hand, envisions society as a dark, ugly entity designed to kill dreams and reveal human evil. In Of Mice and Men, after the figurative killing of George’s dream, Steinbeck makes the following statement, “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda”(Steinbeck 107). Steinbeck offers this quote as a demonstration of the standards imposed by society that force George to choose killing Lennie and his dreams as the more humane and less evil option. The way Steinbeck ends Of Mice and Men conveys his general aversion towards the state of

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