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A comparison of the storm scenes in lord of the flies by William Golding and Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy

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A comparison of the storm scenes in lord of the flies by William Golding and Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy William Golding was born in Cornwall in the earlier part of last century, his father was a teacher and his mother was an activist for the votes for women movement. He too became a teacher like his father after attending university. During the Second World War he was in the navy and was involved in the d-day landings. This experience during the war showed him how brutal people could be and may have given him the inspiration to write his book. Thomas Hardy lived in Dorset and based most of his books on where he lived . "Far From The Madding Crowd" is set in and around Dorset and is based and is passed on the life of the rural community in the late 19th century. Firstly we must analyse the titles of the two stories. Lord of the flies is another phrase for the devil or Satan, the devil is a symbol of evil. Jack on the island wants to be 'Lord' or the leader and he is portrayed in the book as an evil person; so therefore represent's the lord of evil or the main ringleader on the island. I then think that he represents the devil. Far from the madding crowd is based on Thomas Hardy's area of Dorset. The title represents his time in Dorset and how far away it is from many main cities and towns. It is a telling of the seclusion of the many rural areas in Dorset. In "The Lord Of The Flies" the main storm scene is where Simon tries to explain the beast to the others. By this time the rest, bar Ralph and Piggy, have become tribal like savages and have pushed away the rules of society. When the storm breaks Simon tries to tell that the beast isn't real, that it was only a parachutist who has landed on top of the hill and looks like is moving because of the wind. ...read more.

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It is a conformation of his prior thoughts that it was going to be bad weather. ' They were crowded close together', this shows to Gabriel for a third time that he was right about the weather because when it is going to rain animals huddle together. ' They now had a terror of something far greater than the terror of man', this explains why they are huddled together in such a manner. They are like that because they are scared of the wind and the rain and what it might do to them. Gabriel knows this and is getting frustrated with Troy because he will not accept his point of view about the ricks. ' Every voice in nature was unanimous... This complication of weathers being uncommon was all the more to be feared'. This whole block explains how nature is reacting to the up and coming storm. Animals are supposed to be the most in tune with nature and in this paragraph it suggests that this storm is nothing like they have ever seen before. The sheep don't know that the rain is coming but do know about the storm. Where as the other creatures know that the rain is coming but do not know about the storm. This shows that if the animals do not even know, Gabriel can figure out that the storm is going to be big and heavy. ' Time went on, and the moon vanished but not to reappear.. , Which might have been linked to a death, and now was nothing'. Through this you can see that this is the classical phrase known as the calm before the storm. Everything is leaving to hide away from the storm. Hardy explains this as if ' it was the farewell of the ambassador previous to war'; meaning that there was no more room for discussion, the storm was immanent. ...read more.

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After the storm he feels sad about what he has done but refuses to think that it was his fault, after the storm he is in denial of what he has done and is ashamed of himself because he is unable to face the consequential feelings of his actions. Jack during the whole thing is almost on a high because he has managed to get almost every one to agree with him and to join his tribe. He would be rather aggravated because he has not managed to get Ralph to join but during the storm this annoyance leaves him because finally Ralph joins in with the chanting and dancing. After the storm Jack feels that he truly is now the leader because he has managed to get every one to join in with his games. I think that the authors choose to use a storm because they are able to let out so many emotions during it. Also a storm could be an analogy for almost any kind of emotion. I think that Golding uses his storm scene to the greatest effect because during it a great climax occurs i.e. Simon gets killed. Where as in Hardy no such thing happens it is just a bundle of mixed emotions. The storm is also used to tell the characters what is going wrong in their lives and to give them an idea of what to do about them. With Golding it is a reality shock for the boys after they have found out that they have killed Simon, this is a message to tell them to stop what they are doing and to go on in a civilised manner, which some of them adhere to and some do not. With Hardy the whole storm scene is based around explaining to Bathsheba what Oak and Troy are like. Before the storm she is confused and after it she has an understanding of the feelings that these men have for her. In conclusion I find that Golding uses his storm scene to greater affect than Hardy does, as it is more graphic and shocking. ...read more.

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