Comparing Lord Of The Flies And Animal Farm Essay

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Sun Tzu once said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles” (fdhdh). Although this quote may be insightful, the characters of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and George Orwell’s Animal Farm, did not understand the toll that fear would play in their actions. Written in 1945, Animal Farm explored the Russian Revolution in a way that the common man could understand. Lord of the Flies, written in 1954, also analyzed a larger idea such as religion. Both novels used common themes to better exemplify the thoughts, feelings, and structure of their characters’ minds and how they function with influences. In writing Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies, authors Orwell and Golding use fear to control …show more content…

Each novel uses leadership to convey how life can change through the hands of just one person or being. In this scene, Ralph was elected leader by his peers. The narrator describes the vote for Ralph, “Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air” (23; ch.1). Ralph’s leadership allowed the other boys to be controlled and manipulated. They blindly followed his directions. Jack’s leadership also forced the other boys to change their viewpoint on life and their situation. To relate this theme to Animal Farm one may look at a certain passage Orwell used to convey the fear of leadership. After chasing Snowball out of the farm, Napoleon gains fulls leadership over the animals. He steps up to the platform to instill his power. The narrator explains; Napoleon, with the dogs following him, now mounted on to the raised portion of the floor where Major had previously stood to deliver his speech. He announced that from now on the Sunday-morning Meetings would come to an end. They were unnecessary, he said, and wasted time. In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided over by himself. (68;

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