Essay on William Golding 's ' Hamlet ' And ' Lord Of The Flies '

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Innocence in Hamlet and Lord of the Flies If a writer wants to symbolize evil, the corruption of the innocent has proven to be a very effective method. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the mere presence of evil as a way to corrupt stranded minors that are scared and vulnerable. A group of young schoolboys crash landed on an island without any adults. Scared and confused, several young boys die because of reckless and rash decisions made by their peers. Fear and evil work hand and hand, complimenting each other. Fear leads and persuades the innocent to do evil, while evil stands drawing them in and corrupting them. Shakespeare, in Hamlet, shows the versatility of corruption and proves that no matter what age, class, or gender, corruption is still a threat. Two women in this case, the young daughter, yet not as young as the schoolboys, of a noble and the other the middle aged queen. They are both used and manipulated by all of their loved ones. This leads to their corruption and ultimately their deaths. These stories represent the gullibility and ignorance of the innocent. As well as, demonstrate that no matter what the circumstances, innocence can always be corrupted. Both Shakespeare and Golding convey innocence and the corruption of innocence in their works, Hamlet and Lord of The Flies, and while the settings and characters differ, they both show similar techniques and themes in the process of corruption. There is always an initial provocation that…

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