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In Oliver Twist Dickens Uses Environment to Reflect Feelings, In The Lord of The Flies, Golding Uses it to Form Them. Discuss.

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In Oliver Twist Dickens Uses Environment to Reflect Feelings, In The Lord of The Flies, Golding Uses it to Form Them. Discuss. In each of the books, there are instances that contradict the title statement, but on the whole the books seem to follow the pattern set in the title. Historical context, language and point of view all express the ideas behind the stories. When Dickens wrote Oliver Twist, he wanted to exemplify the corruption of a civilized world. When Golding wrote Lord of the Flies, he intended to show the true "darkness of man's heart." Having been a schoolmaster with first hand experience with boys, Golding knew how evil they could become. In the post-war era, after the atrocities of the Nazis, people were very much aware of what cruelty the human personality was capable. In his book, Golding wanted to show that society is judged by its weakest members, or in this case, a society's goodness. Oliver Twist was written early in the nineteenth century, at a time when children were usurped, maltreated and trapped into a life of crime. As the son of a pauper, Dickens himself was exposed to poor treatment, and his intentions were to show people the reality of the society they lived in, but also his hopes that they could redeem themselves. ...read more.


It is clear that the coalition of Fagin and Sikes is based not on trust, but on mutual benefit, which disintegrates as Oliver is taken away from them. This is how Dickens reflects the lack of trust between the two, using the environment. The first major instance where the environment affects the characters in Lord of the Flies is when the fire is built. The intention of the fire is to maintain contact with the outside world. The old world, in which the boys used to live, was such a great part of their lives, that they needed it back. This is shown by the breakdown of civilization, the longer they are away, culminating in the destruction of the conch, which is the symbol of democracy, and how much the environment has changed them from civilization to savagery. "We want to have fun. And we want to be rescued." The structure of the language in the extract is more important than the actual words. The first sentence shows that they are still boys, with the ideal situation of Coral Island on their minds, but this is followed by an after-thought, which has been deliberately put on the end of the preceding sentence to show that the need of structure in the boy's lives is subconscious. ...read more.


This language implies that only now is the violence realised. However, at this point, the weather has cleared up. As Oliver is rescued, and begins to heal, the weather becomes increasingly bright and sunny. Despite the evil act that Oliver has tried to commit, the Maylies believe him absolutely, as his goodness and innocence shine through the "Mask of evil" that surrounds him. Returning to the original question, it appears that, although the two books generally adhere to the title statement, after analysing the two texts in detail, it is apparent that the environment is used in these two books to both shape and reflect feelings. Although the two writers come from different historical periods and had different aims in writing their novels, they both, in different ways, create an environment within their stories that is able to both shape the feelings of their characters, and have similar themes For civilization to exist, we must first pass through a transitional stage of savagery. Golding shows this base evil feelings that humanity feels in his book, where as Dickens exemplifies a different sort of savagery, in what we would call a civilized world. Both however have a strong link, and this was the writers' intention to bring the evil of man's heart to light, whatever the historical circumstance. Word Count: 2193. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Tom Harrison 5D ...read more.

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