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Lord of the Flies and Great Expectations - How circumstances cause characters to change.

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Lord of the Flies and Great Expectations How circumstances cause characters to change Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens and Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding. In this assignment I will be comparing characters and situations that occur in both novels and how these cause the characters to change. In the beginning of Great Expectations we meet a young orphan boy alone in a dim and lonely place, which is the local churchyard where his mother is buried. This is how Dickens has created a character you feel sympathetic for because of him being alone in a cold and bleak churchyard in which his mother is buried. A man grabs Pip in the churchyard. The man is nervous because his legs are cast in irons, he learns that Pip lives with a blacksmith and threatens Pip to get him a file, food and drink, 'whittles'. When Pip returns home his sister beats him with a hard stick, which she has given it the name of the Tickler. His sister far too often beats Pip. She is a character who almost always turns to violence. This makes you feel even more sympathetically for Pip as he has no one to stick up for him accept Joe who gets beat often himself. Lord of the Flies begins very differently than Great Expectations because it is set on a hot exotic island far from a cold bleak churchyard that Pip was the subject too. This maybe that Golding is trying to have no emotion towards the characters or even for you to feel jealous of them. Piggy and Ralph have a swim and spot a shell, the 'conch', Piggy shows Ralph how to blow down it to make a very loud noise so they can attract and draw any other living people around on the island. The boys on the island start emerging and among the boys came a group of choir boys lead by a boy called Jack Merridew. ...read more.

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Pip witnesses a fight between Joe and Orlick who is an employee of Joe. Joe wins and Mrs Joe is proud of Joe again giving the impression violence is the way to go, however in the novel the violence does very little to solve anything. Mrs Joe is hit over the head and the result is brain damage. She was hit by the shackles of the convict on the first pages, Pip suspects Orlick or the man from the bar being the culprits. Pip now refers to Mrs Joe as his sister, which he has never done before, this is because Pips and his sisters attitudes have changed towards each other due to the incident. This may also be a sign of Pip maturing. In Lord of the Flies Jack finally successfully kills a pig. This was Jacks aim since near on the start of the book and now he succumbs his blood lust. Jack's thrill of what he has done rubs off and influences the other boys who sing and dance about the slaughter of the pig. The other boys who sing and dance about the slaughter of the pig will now be portrayed a picture that a messy, bloody assault upon a pig which results in its death is a fun and exciting thing to do. However it surely is not fun unless you are sadistic or sick. The boys should hunt the pigs for food however they should not enjoy killing a pig they should feel bad about it due to there conscience and only enjoy eating it. This must mean the evil upon the island has just grown an extra level and looks obvious to be still growing. The fact that the boys on the island enjoy doing something they should most definitely not is a lot like Pip's desire to become a gentleman which is in most cases no better or worse than what he was, honest, trustworthy. ...read more.

Conclusion

The boys decide to take spears except for Piggy who thinks that if they do take spears that a battle might happen which is the last thing he wants to happen. They go and a fight does break out between Jack and Ralph. The hunters grab Sam and Eric and Roger levers the rock so it rolls down and crushes Piggy. This now shows that the boys have no remorse when killing a human and that they are now all acting like savages, this is what Ralph tried to protect the group from but Jack forced to happen. Ralph runs away and Jack forces Sam and Eric to join his tribe or die. Sam and Eric know that Roger or Jack would kill them without mercy or remorse. So they join the tribe although they wish they did not have to due to the things they may become responsible for. Jack and the hunters now hunt Ralph. Ralph is now an object to be pursued just like a Pig. This is strange as the boys first looked up to Ralph and chose him as their leader. Just before they kill Ralph a naval officer appears on the island. He reinforces the meaning of order like Ralph and Piggy tried to do. He thinks that their painted faces and dress is just a game, however the boys are not just dressing as savages but have become them. In both books disaster has struck mainly to do with the dreams and desires of one person Jack, Pip are the main culprits in this book. However it tells how just two boys can alter the future of many others, in Lord of the Flies it almost prevents survival and it is the reason for why the boys became savagery. Pip saved himself at the end of the novel by realising he was not happy by achieving his dream but by being honest, loving towards the people he cared about and that had cared about him even when he may not of been worthy. By Rory Bradley ...read more.

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