Setting and Action Interplay Between Stories: Lord of the Flies vs I Only Came to Use the Phone

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In the stories Lord of The Flies and “I Only Came To Use The Phone”, there are countless instances where setting obviously affected the characters actions, but there are also instances in which it was not so obvious. Settings in these stories are crucial to how characters act as normal as they do at their house, how they act stirred up or anxious, as well as how they act mad or insane. By examining the textual evidence in Lord of The Flies and “I Only Came To Use The Phone”, setting is proven to be a key factor in how characters act, building up from normal behavior to seemingly mad behavior. There are instances in the beginning of both Lord of The Flies and “I Only Came To Use The Phone” in which characters act like they typically would if they were not thrown into horrible situations as they later are; they act normal and calmed. In “I Only Came To Use The Phone”, it says, “Their serenity was contagious, and Maria curled up in her seat and succumbed to the sound of the rain” (Marquez 72). Maria is surrounded by calm people and the rain is a soothing effect from nature when one is attempting to sleep, therefore her actions are directly affected and she then takes a nap herself. She does not understand the full extent of her situation so she does not feel worried. Maria is also feeling calmed by the lighting being given off as well as the women with her in general. The passage says, “They were all older women, and their movements were so lethargic in the half-light of the courtyard that they looked like images in a dream” (Marquez 73). She compares the looks of around her to that of a dream. Dreams are always thought of as a good homely feeling since when it is a bad-dream it is considered a nightmare. This shows the direct c... ... middle of paper ... ... things that are not actually real such as the beast. The kids chant, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!” (Golding 152). The kids are in the final stage of the dehydration/isolation the setting causes them to have and they are no longer their normal selves. As one can see, Maria in “I Only Came To Use The Phone” and the children in Lord of The Flies were heavily affected by the setting in their respective stories which caused them to go from their normal/typical selves, then to them a little bit on edge and or anxious, and then finally to mad and or insane. Setting plays a huge role is stories such as these two. Works Cited Garcia, Marquez Gabriel. “I Only Came To Use The Phone.” Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories. New York: Knopf, 1993. N. pag. Print. Golding, William. Lord Of The Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.

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