In edition these authors use characters, particularly Jack and Macbeth, as examples of man’s self-corruption by letting our natural greedy self-centred self’s come through. Through their works it is shown, likewise their belief that if everybody revealed their true natures, the world would tear itself apart by the unconscious want for power that man will stop at nothing to get. Nevertheless in this game of survival, dishonorable tactics are used to climb the ladder swiftly with the deep craving of attaining the pinnacle of power. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly evil is also revealed by the telling actions of the characters. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph, the nobler of the two leaders on the island, has the conch, which symbolizes power.
Kurt Vonnegut was a man of disjointed ideas, as is expressed through the eccentric protagonists that dominate his works. Part cynic and part genius, Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliance as a satirist derives from the deranged nature of the atrocities he had witnessed in his life. The reason Vonnegut’s satire is so popular and works so well is because Vonnegut had personal ties to all the elements that he lambasted in his works. Vonnegut’s experience as a soldier in WWII during firebombing of Dresden corrupted his mind and enabled him to express the chaotic reality of war, violence, obsession, sex and government in a raw and personal manner. Through three works specifically, “Welcome to the Monkey House,” “Harrison Bergeron,” and Slaughterhouse-five, one can see ties to all the chaotic elements of Vonnegut’s life that he routinely satirized.
Indeed, Steinbeck effectively utilizes elements of fiction including characterization, symbolism and conflict in order to convey the theme that misery is inevitable when a person’s insatiable greed precedes it. Steinbeck capably uses characterization to show the reader how the characters evolve as the story progresses, while demonstrating how their insatiable greed led to their downfall. Likewise, Steinbeck utilizes symbolism in the story to give seemingly mundane objects a more profound and substantial meaning, that foreshadow the outcome of the characters’ unquenchable greed. Furthermore, Steinbeck effectively uses different types of conflict, namely internal and external, to communicate to the reader the struggles that follow a greedy heart. Through the use of these elements of fiction, Steinbeck is able to show how greed affects these characters and the unavoidable misery that follows.
The book I am doing my report on is Lord of the flies, by William Golding and published by Perigee. This book shows the clash between the human drive towards brutality and the opposite, civilization. All around the novel, the clash is performed by the problem between Ralph and Jack, who individually speak to civilization and viciousness. The varying belief systems are communicated by every kid's different state of mind towards power. I feel that Lord of the Flies is a good book because it reveals to you that every man has the ability to be vicious, that evil is just controlled by the guidelines of society, and that once there are no rules the evil comes free and individuals get to be savages and can turn on their best friends.
This overwhelming obscurity is the basis of the book Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. He juxtaposes the main character’s morals by positioning the will to live and the will to do right adjacently. This creates constant conflict for Yossarian, who ultimately “will do anything to live” (Contemporary Literary Criticism). By examining the actions of every character, corruption is a present and radiating theme that degrades their morals and infiltrates their minds. There is a character by the name Major Major Major Major.
A bitter competition heightens between Jack and Ralph as both need to be in control. The "hunters" come to be savage and primal, under Jack's standard, while Ralph tries to keep his assembly enlightened. The developing danger between them prompts a wicked and alarming peak. Lord of the Flies likewise investigates the dim side of humanity, the viciousness that underlies even the most acculturated human beings. Golding arranged this novel as a catastrophic satire of children trill stories, showing mankind's natural noxious nature.
William Golding’s novel “The Lord of the Flies” is an exploration into the idea of the savage natural instinct of human evil. It is suggested that Golding’s novel is partly based upon his real life experiences with the violence and brutality of World War II. The novel defines the struggle within all humans to differentiate between the learned civilized instinct and the human savage instinct. The civilized instinct is the impulse to obey rules, behave morally, and act lawfully. The savage instinct is the impulse to seek brute power over others, act selfishly, forget morals, and indulge in violence.
In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding deals with this same evil which exists in all of his characters. With his mastery of such literary tools as structure, syntax, diction and imagery, The author creates a cheerless, sardonic tone to convey his own views of the nature of man and man’s role within society. The use of diction is powerful, with the gripping use of words and description. Golding creates tension and reinforces his theme and tone with the use of specific words. Many are connotative and therefore create a story abundant in meaning and symbolism.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel portraying the wickedness of all human beings. It follows a group of boys on a transformation from civilization to savagery and the ultimate fight for survival. It raises astonishing questions about human nature through the use of characters and their actions. Ralph and Jack, go head to head against each other on many occasions, but sometimes your enemies are those who closely resemble you and only a few decisions make them turn out so differently. The use of Jack and Ralph as foils to each other shows the evilness of the human race and the conflicts we have with our own kind.
“Humankind seems to have enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion” (Lennox). William Golding and Annie Lennox’s have the same view of society, innate human evil. In the fictional novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, his view on humanity is innate human evil. Golding shows this as the characters Roger and Jack progress in the novel, and when the civilized society breaks. The first time Golding expresses his view on humanity is when Roger is introduced into the book.