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Compare the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

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I compared the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. The novels contain a great deal in common and the similarities between these two novels begin with their authors. The personal experiences of both Golding and Conrad encouraged them to write their novels. William Golding was greatly influenced by the violence and cruelty he witnessed during WWII, which forced him to realize the innate evil in man and his disgusted view of human nature is reflected in Lord of the Flies. Joseph Conrad's experiences commanding a steamboat down the Belgian Congo showed him man's capacity for evil and Conrad used his experiences as an outline for Heart of Darkness. The result is that both novels explore the central themes of civilization versus savagery, man's inhumanity to man, man's capacity for evil, and the desire for power. Both Conrad and Golding believed in the idea that all human beings have a dark side that is kept in touch by civilization and their novels showed what would happen if a man was isolated from civilization long, enough to begin ignoring the morals that society had enforced upon him. ...read more.


admit how they had given into savagery and try to cling back to civilization by denying it ever happened and keeping themselves busy by gathering wood to make a fire. Marlow is also tempted by the wilderness, especially as he sails deeper into the jungle and further away from civilization. An example is found on page 32, where it states that he itched to "go ashore for a howl and a dance" but he does not give in because his responsibilities of piloting and repairing the steamboat avert him from giving into savagery. Ralph and Simon also are distracted from savage behavior by their responsibility of building the shelters, which none of the other boys help with because they all want to go off and play because they no longer have to follow any kind of work ethic. Ralph voices his frustration about this on page 50, when he complains, "All day I've been working with Simon. No one else. They're off bathing, or eating, or playing". This shows that it is Ralph and Simon's commitment to their work that helps them to remain civilized. Ralph, Piggy, and Marlow are also independent thinkers because they come up with ideas to help better the situation. ...read more.


I was on the threshold of great things" As he says this he is trying to convince Marlow to let him escape back to his savage life at the station because it is there where he can exercise his powers over the natives. Kurtz still plans on gaining more power but if he is taken back to civilization he will never have so much power ever again. Jack and Kurtz do gain the power that they desire and they are both almost worshiped like gods. Jack is described on page 149 as "painted and garlanded, sitting there like an idol. There were piles of meat on green leaves near him, and fruit, and coconut shells full of drink". This shows how Jack has become almost a god-like king, to be worshipped and offered gifts. Kurtz actually is worshipped as a god among the natives. Kurtz great power over the natives is described by the Russian on page 53 when he tells Marlow that "he was not afraid of the natives; they would not stir till Mr. Kurtz gave the word. His ascendancy was extraordinary". The Russian then goes on to describe how the native's chiefs would even crawl in Mr. Kurtz's presence. Marlow finds it revolting that Kurtz allows himself to be worshipped like a god. ...read more.

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