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A comparison of the ways in which Golding presented Ralph Jack in the Lord of the Flies and Stevenson’s presentation of Jekyll and Hyde in the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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A comparison of the ways in which Golding presented Ralph Jack in the Lord of the Flies and Stevenson's presentation of Jekyll and Hyde in the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 'Lord of the flies' and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' both deal with the good and evil sides of man, even though Golding and Stevenson wrote their books in different historical periods. The novels are both dealing in the same theme. The authors use their characters to represent the struggle between good and evil. Golding uses a group of boys to show the divide of good and evil, while Stevenson used the good and evil within one person. As these authors use their characters to represent this struggle. It is important to see how they develop through the novel. Ralph in 'Lord of the Flies' is presented as a middle class boy at the beginning of the novel. Golding describes him as 'the boy with the fair hair', which is a symbol of a good person. The author describes how Ralph climbs easily through the undergrowth, which is contrasted with the way in which Piggy 'clambers' through it. ...read more.

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Dr Jekyll is described through the eyes of Utterson and this could be bias because Utterson is a friend of Dr Jekyll. Mr Hyde is described for the first time in a story. In this story he collides with, knocks down and tramples a little girl. Hyde's reaction is described as 'hellish'. When other people arrive he brings out the worst in them. Even the doctor wants to kill him. When Hyde id threatened by scandal he aggress to pay compensation. He writes a check out at Dr Jekylls house with Jekylls signature. Utterson thinks he his blackmailing Jekyll. In both novels the evil gets and takes the chance to dominate. Jack and Mr Hyde both show their more primitive side. An example of Jacks primitive side is when he hunts for pigs. He is described as 'dog-like on all fours' and sniffing the humid earth. This suggests that he is more like a cave man, than a civilised human being. Mr Hyde on the other hand murders Carew. In the chapter 'search for Mr Hyde', Utterson describes Mr Hyde as 'trodlodytic', 'Dwarfish' and 'hardly human'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ralph was rude to Piggy and disrespected his wishes. Ralph also took part in the killing of Simon, which shows that even he can be evil. Dr Jekyll also not perfect. He already leads a double life. Hyde grew from Dr Jekyll. Dr Jekyll did things he was ashamed of. He 'already committed to a profound duplicity of life'. At the end of the novels order if restored and the civilised side of man takes over again. In 'Lord of the Flies' order is restored by the arrival of the navy officer. When the navy officer arrives so do rules and order. This is what the navy and more importantly adults' represent. At the end of the 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' Dr Jekyll has to die for the evil of Mr Hyde to die. Mr Hyde kills himself. I think this was because he gains the knowledge of what he has done. He gains a conscience, which drives him to kill himself. I feel that 'Lord of the Flies' is more depressing view of human nature because it deals with children which are meant to be innocent and not capable of killing. It also deals with more than one person, which shows that it could happen to everyone. By Chris Rowland ...read more.

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