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Lord of the Flies and and The Coral Islands

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Lord of the Flies, which was written by William Golding, and The Coral Islands, which is written by R.M. Ballantyne were two books about British boys who were stuck on an island. Lord of the Flies is an imitation of The Coral Island. In Lord of the Flies the scene is set up with two boys stranded on an island from a plane crash, in which all the adults died. These boys were schoolboys that later found more boys that were stranded on the island by blowing on a conch shell. They all get together and they all decide to make their own society with a chief or leader. In The Coral Island we experience the adventures of three boys, who were the only ones that survived from the shipwreck on a Pacific Island. These two stories show that, like all great power, some wanted it for good and others for evil and authority. In these books there are many meanings that are shown out through the characters actions and their personalities. The characters that depict these meanings the most are Ralph and Jack. They both have many different opinions and beliefs more than they have similarities. The reason these play such an important role in these two books is that it represents the world today and what they were, which is savage. These two books have an important theme that relates to both of these books, which is that society holds everyone together, and without specific conditioned our deals, values and basic concept of right and wrong are eventually lost to poor authority and selfishness.

In the Lord of the Flies, Ralph is the protagonist in this book. His main goals in this book is building shelters for security and making sure that the fire will stay lite so they will be rescued from oncoming ships. In the very beginning of this book we...

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...t also being there for the youngest boys, which are Ralph and Peterkin. In The Coral Island, Ralph is quiet, handsome, and followed British morals. Ralph, being a few years younger than Jack, was still very mature for is age, and as able to handle situations.

In Lord of the Flies and The Coral Island, There is a huge difference between characters in these books. Their characteristics through these views either helped or hurt the outcome of their life, and the way they were viewed and treated. Through the Lord of the Flies we see how authority and power can be easily abused and mistreated. In The Coral Island, we see how leadership should be taken and portrayed and the outcome of what is right.

Works Cited

Ballantyne, R.M. The Coral Island. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1857.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin Group, 2006. Print.
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