Comparison Of Robinson Crusoe And Lord Of The Flies

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The desire of one’s nation to improve the way of living is seen throughout the history by the means of imperialism. Many countries, including Great Britain, try to expand their territory by colonizing other less developed countries for the benefit of their citizens and the ones in power. They can make progress through different parts of the world. The act of creating a civilization is also seen in the novels: “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, and “Lord of the flies” by William Golding. These novels give a great impact to the readers over time. These are both stories of a castaway narrative, which provides light to the effect of being away from civilization and how a person can react to sustain a living. Initially, all the characters in both novels try to survive on an…show more content…
Humans are given the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and choosing the right thing to do can qualify them as civilized people. For Defoe, the use of the bible as a structure of Crusoe’s values helps him to make right decisions especially when he is faced with a group of savages. He tries to eliminate them but is altered by his conscience. He thinks that “They do not know it be an Offence, and then commit it in Defiance of Divine Justice, as [they] do in almost all the Sins [they] commit” (Defoe 158). His choice of not killing them makes him be civilized. Without having someone to tell which is right or wrong, the children in Golding’s novel inhibits them to maintain being civilized to one another. They able to bully people especially Piggy, who even Ralph doesn’t care to get his real name. Jack’s speech, “that’s what you’ll get!... There isn’t a tribe for you anymore!” (Golding 178) shows that death of Piggy doesn’t affect them. Instead, it represents a consequence of Ralph’s action and not repentance. It illustrates the effect of no governance in a community that could lead to barbaric
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