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Island in Robinson Crusoe, the Coral Island and Lord of the Flies

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Island in Robinson Crusoe, the Coral Island and Lord of the Flies Compare and Contrast the ways in which "Robinson Crusoe", "the Coral Island" and "Lord of the Flies" present and develop the experience of being marooned on a desert island. Show how the texts reflect the ideas and beliefs of its own author and the period in which it was written. In all three novels a person or a group of people are marooned on a desert/tropical island. All three crash of scupper on or near the island they eventually live on. What is also important is that the islands are great distances from other civilisation and frequented shipping lanes. As such, the prospect of leaving the island or being rescued quickly is a distant one. All three parties know this and deal, or equally do not deal, with this fact. Oddly, the party that get rescued quickest and have the highest chance of a quick rescue do not deal with live away from civilisation very well at all, William Golding's "Lord of the Flies". Crusoe arrives on his island in a shipwreck. He thrown ashore when the life-raft he was in is tipped over into the sea. By some miracle he is washed ashore and lives whereas the rest of the crew of his ship are lost. His arrival is tempestuous, just like the boys from "Coral Island". They too crash their ship on rocks, in their case the Great Barrier Reef, but they don't know that. The three of them, Ralph, Jack and Peterkin are washed ashore whereas the rest of their crew is lost also. The arrival is an angry one, but it is soon forgotten and the boys make good their isle. The arrival of the boys from "Lord of the Flies" is highly destructive. They crash land in an aeroplane, the 2oth century's shipwreck. Their coming causes gr... ... middle of paper ... ...g but animals. For Golding, this is the fall of mankind, to drop from grace. Yet for Golding there is no redemption, no salvation. You can link that to Christian theology, the apparent fall of the Jews from the grace of God, the saving grace of the butchered Christ. Reading into it a little more, Simon is the Christ figure for Golding. His death at the hands of his fellow boys is an apparent link to Christ. An even more tenuous link is that Simon's own name can moved around a little to fit in with that of Peter, the Rock of Jesus. Peter's original was Simon; he is even refereed to as Simon-Peter. Yet even with Simon's sacrifice, there is no saving grace, no return to God. Mankind's failure is a complete one, with no way out of it. Mankind's heart is too dark and evil for that. This a heavily humanistic, pessimistic view that clashes with Defoe's optimistic