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;
Ralph has several positive characteristics but he also has several crucial weaknesses that prevent him from being the perfect leader. In chapter one the boys decide who they want to be leader. The boys decide on Ralph, “”Vote for a chief!”…every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air.” (Golding 18-19). From the very beginning Ralph is seen as the leader. He becomes the one the boys look up to and depend on to make decisions in their best interest. Ralph has natural leadership skills. Landing on the island with no adults to take control, the boys chose to follow the one boy who seems to be doing something productive, Ralph. An example of Ralph being purposeful and productive is when he blows the conch to get the attention of all the boys on the island and bring them together for a meeting. When Jack and his choir find the other boys gathered he asks where the man with the trumpet is, Ralph replies, “There’s no man with a trumpet. We’re having a meeting. Want to join?” (Golding 16). Ralph asks Jack and the choir boys to join the meeting because he wants all the boys to work together so they can be rescued as soon as possible. Other than his leadership and purposeful qualities, Ralph is also hard working. When tasks are given out to the boys, such as building shelters, hunting, gathering food, the hard work of most boys turns into play and exploration leaving Ralph to do most of the work by himself with little help from others. When the other boys gave up on their tasks Ralph continued working, this proves his hard work. Leadership, purposeful, and hard working are all positive qualities that helped Ralph succeed in the novel, but Ralph also had some majo...
People can do anything that involves fear including turning on someone and attempting to kill them. William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in 1952 during the cold war. This affects the novel because children were often killed during war.This novel is important because the novel shows how the boys communicate and survive on the island. Lord of the Flies is about a group of boys on an island without any adults. In order to survive, they will have to work as a team. In the essay, I will talk about how Jack and Ralph comparison, how they have changed, and there purpose in the novel.
For all their differences the Lord of the Flies and Simon have one singular trait in common; they both know what the pig’s head really means for the boys on the island. At first glance, the Lord of the Flies is just a pig’s head on a stick, however it is so much more than that. The moment Jack and his hunter’s kill that pig, a part of them is lost forever and this lost part is their moral sense of right and wrong (149).
The 1990 film version of Lord of the Flies was a curious one. Its choices in leaving out some parts and modifying others are decisions that separate the novel from the movie in many ways. In my opinion the book is effective because of the way it conforms to the adventure tale genre. Because of this, the choices the film version of the novel made were effective in telling the story.
Lord of the Flies was written in the early 1950’s by William Golding. Golding wrote this allegorical novel in England when World War II was happening and Stalinism in Russia was at its peak. Lord of the Flies attracted a cult of followers, especially among the youth of the post- World War II generation (“Golding”). People thought that his book was too harsh, but what they didn’t realize was the true essence of how the war was really like. The war showed the good and evil side of everyone and it made people turn against one another and were no longer in a civilized manner. “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” he wondered due to the experiences that he had encountered as a British naval officer during this time. This effected that the worst in humanity would prevail, and that many so called decent minded people would be easily and willingly influenced to act in terrible ways towards one another causing conflict between civilization and savagery.
It was was a dark night, all the animals huddled around Old Major to hear what he had to say about his dream. It turns out Old Major talks about rebelling against man so that all animals can have a better life. Ironically, after Rebellion, no one except Napoleon has a better life and he makes their lives even harsher. This is a story of communism, this is the story of Animal Farm.
The effects of isolation have a great impact on one’s emotions, thus, those overwhelming emotions can influence one’s behavior. Although it is not stated that any of the characters in The Count of Monte Cristo and Lord of the Flies have a mental illness, one can assume that they do suffer from some form of preposterous rationalization. As demonstrated in both novels, the Count’s revenge plots and the boys’ ruthless actions are provoked by their isolation and loneliness. Isolation is physically being alone while loneliness is the feeling of being alone; hence, both are remarkably shown throughout the novels. In The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, isolation and loneliness are the basis of the
Importance of Leadership Leadership is something that stands out in people. In a group, people tend to look for the strongest person to follow. However, the strongest person may not be the best choice to follow. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph and Jack each have leadership qualities. Jack is probably the stronger of the two; however, Ralph is a better leader.
With him running Snowball out of the farm, it left Napoleon with an advantage to persuade the other animals that he...
Like all books, Animal Farm the book, is different from Animal Farm the movie. One of the reasons is the characters. Some of the characters that were in the book were not in the movie. Those were characters like Mr. Whymper, Clover, and Mollie. In the movie, Jessie, the dog that was only mentioned in the first chapter, replaced Clover. Jessie narrated the story, was the main character, and was in the story the entire time.
The novel; “Lord of the Flies” is a highly renowned novel written by William Golding and published in 1954. The novel embodies many themes and events that are mysterious and unanticipated for the reader. During the course of the essay I will explain how the conch shell that is found at the foundation of the first chapter plays a significant role throughout the novel and how diverse themes are brought on from this influential shell. This essay will express an opinion on the conch shell, in the end has more power and order than the actual ‘beast’ that is signified on the island. I will also explore the social leadership of the conch throughout the novel which will also touch on a few themes that the conch shell plays a role in. The conch shell is one of the first real theme/symbol that readers are introduced too and stands its power for most of the novel which is why it should be explored in further detail in this essay.
Harold S. Geneen once said, “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Throughout George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, Orwell uses the animals on the farm to criticize the Soviet Union, and portray an analysis of faulty leadership based on historical events (1). There are a variety of animals with different roles on the farm, although very few are capable of operating the farm in a successful manner. Many can argue that Snowball could have been a more suitable leader over Napoleon because Snowball is a pig, but does not act like one. Snowball is everything that Napoleon is not. He believes in being organized and maintaining sustainability within the farm, as opposed to power and sovereignty. His visions to develop
From the death of Old Major, Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer replaced him. At first things started off pretty well; the harvest was very good the first year and the reading and writing system had helped some, but had limited success on others. In time, the leaders of animal farm started to have mixed feelings. Snowball and Napoleon were in constant disagreement. An important meeting that was held ended with an astonishing outcome. One decision that was made was concerning the windmill project and the most important decision made was who would be the head animal. Snowball and Napoleon each gave their input on what needs to be done around the farm. “Snowball stood up and, though occasionally interrupted by bleating from the sheep, set forth his reasons for advocating the building of the windmill. Then Napoleon stood up to reply. He said ver quietly that the windmill was a nonsense and that he advised nobody to vote for it” (57).
Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding is an allegory in novel format about a group of young boys stranded on an island without adults. The story is a microcosm in which Golding reveals his opinions about humanity and the society that has been created. Golding, using an abundance of symbols and themes to show his beliefs on politics, religion and society as a whole. Throughout the story Golding shows that people look at the outer appearance of situations instead of really looking into what is happening. This leads them to making poor decision for society, especially when it comes to leadership. The leaders that are chosen can have a truly damaging effect on the mortality of people and they can even be followed religiously. This is detrimental