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Comparing and contrasting 'Jane Eyre' to 'Lord of the Flies'

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Comparing and contrasting 'Jane Eyre' to 'Lord of the Flies' The children's childhood in 'Lord of the Flies' is similar to Jane's in 'Jane Eyre' e.g. just like the boys, she is scared of something that may not be real. Jane is afraid to go into the 'Red Room', when Jane is told that she must go to the Red Room she says 'O Aunt! Have pity! Forgive me! I cannot endure it - let me be punished some other way!' She is afraid of the ghost of Mr. Reed who died in the room a long time ago. She has never seen the ghost but she is still afraid of the possibility that it might be there. This is similar to the boys in 'Lord of the Flies' who are scared of the 'beast' that inhabits the island their plane has crashed on, even though none of the children have seen it. In both of these incidents the children are afraid of something in their heads. Jane is different to the boys in 'Lord of the Flies' because the boys go looking for the 'beast' to prove that it does or does not exist. ...read more.

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are dead and the only reason she is living with them is because his late father made a promise to look after her. Physically he abuses her by hitting her and being violent. In 'Lord of the Flies' the boys tease and torment Piggy about his weight (by using the name 'Piggy') and for being different. Piggy does not fight back but just asks questions about why they are bullying him. Jane however is happy to fight back with attacks and words. The reason that Jane is bullied is because John can bully her and get away with it without getting into trouble. He exercises his power over Jane by beating her regularly just like Jack feels he can bully Piggy because he is higher in the group than he is. Piggy does not fight back when he is attacked. Good and Evil are strong subjects in both books because there are good and evil characters in both novels. In 'Jane Eyre' Jane sees Miss Scatchard as being evil towards her friend Helen, She feels that Helen is being punished for no reason: 'I observed you in your class this morning and your thoughts never wander. ...read more.

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Simon is killed by the other boys before he can tell them the good news that he has discovered about the beast. This is similar to the Bible when Jesus comes down from heaven to tell the people of the world that they will be forgiven for their sins and is killed. When Simon dies his death is described beautifully as if he was an important person worthy of a proper burial. In 'Jane Eyre' a character also like Christ is Helen Burns. She is nice to Jane when they first meet and she immediately recognises that Helen is a good person with good nature but is bullied by those who dislike her. Jane says to Helen 'You say you have faults, Helen, what are they? To me you seem very good' Helen is bullied by a teacher called Miss. Scatchard, but Helen won't admit that she is cruel to her, but recognises her faults and punishes her for them just like Christ was killed because he was spreading the word of God. Helen describes the teachers as being naturally neat and punctual. Helen wants Jane to learn from her mistakes, she often reads the Bible and does not resort to violence because of what it says. ...read more.

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