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Both Lord of the Flies and Malachi’s Cove deal with the relationship between humans and nature but ultimately their message is concerned with human nature. Explain and discuss.

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Adam Wilson 11M English Literature G.C.S.E Both Lord of the Flies and Malachi's Cove deal with the relationship between humans and nature but ultimately their message is concerned with human nature. Explain and discuss. Before I begin this essay, I feel it is necessary to give a little background on each of the texts. "Lord of the Flies" was first published in 1954, just less than ten years after the Second World War. It was written by William Golding (1911-1993). The book is set in a wartime situation, but there is no time or date set, this is left up to the reader to decide. The book starts with the reader learning that there had been a group of boys being evacuated from a war zone who are now stranded on an island somewhere due to their plane crashing. The group split into two groups, one group led by Ralph who symbolises order and civilisation on the island, and another group led by Jack who is a symbol of evil and savagery. The book can be seen on many different levels, the first being entertainment. I will talk more of the other levels further on in the essay. Malachi's Cove written by Anthony Trollope is about a young girl named Mally Trenglos and her Grandfather called Malachi, or 'old Glos'. Mally earned a living by collecting seaweed from a cove on the Northern Coast of Cornwall and selling it. ...read more.

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The sea plays a large part in both of the texts, however it plays different roles. In Lord of the Flies, the sea acts as a barrier between the group of boys and the outside world. This could be seen as a good thing, the boys were after all being evacuated from a war zone. The boys however do not see it like this and would like to get off the island at any cost, including eventually the loss of life. In Malachi's cove however, the sea is a way of live. It gives Mally the means to make her living and interact with the outside world, totally on the contrary to Lord of the Flies. "There was a rush of the sea into the cove, which carried there large, drifting masses of seaweed". Another level of Lord of the Flies is a study of 'civilised' society. Piggy noticeably tries to hold on to the idea of a civilised society. He is an outsider due to his chubby appearance and his asthma, but he clings on to Ralph and has strong loyalty towards him. Piggy tries to keep the peace between the two groups of boys when trouble flares up. At the end of the book, Piggy is seen courageously standing up for sense and rational behaviour. Adam Wilson 11M English Literature G.C.S.E Both Lord of the Flies and Malachi's Cove deal with the relationship between humans and nature but ultimately their message is concerned with human nature. ...read more.

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The main characters in Lord of the Flies can be linked with the different aspects of human nature. Piggy represents loyalty and intelligence. His glasses allow him to see more clearly than the others but they provide something for the others to use against him, almost as if it's a weakness of Piggy's. Jack represents possibly a dictator, but he definitely represents strong leadership and manipulation. He challenges Ralph for the position of leader from the beginning because of his obsession with power. Ralph represents dependability, responsibility and courage, physical and moral. Ralph comes to recognise the darkness of human nature. Simon is a Christ figure. He has been linked with Christ from the way he dies and the way he behaves. He is kind by helping the littluns pick fruit and helping Ralph build shelters. Simon realises that the real beast is in the boys and that they must accept that before they are overcome by its power. The character of Piggy can be linked closely with the character of Mally from Malachi's cove. Both are judged on their appearance. "The young men did not care for her; for, as regarded dress, all days were alike with her." "The fat boy stood by him, breathing hard." Multiple references to light and dark are made in Lord of the Flies. "Behind this was the darkness of the forest proper and the open space of the scar." "Feeling curiously defenceless with the darkness pressing in." "There was blackness within, a blackness that spread". ...read more.

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