This essay will show contrasts between the central character that appear in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Shakespeares play The Tempest.

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Lord of the Flies & The Tempest contrast By Romaine Ubani

This essay will show contrasts between the central character that appear in the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”. The main points that this essay will be covering lie within the characters names, appearance and body language, speech and actions, and also the context of the novel.

In lord of the flies it is evident that Golding uses characters names to express features based around each characters persona. For instance Ralphs name conveys to the reader that his character is born and bred from traditional and upper-class roots. Ralph portrays the actions of a well put together acceptable , polite and well-mannered young man; these characteristics making him a perfect fit for leader once arriving on the abandoned island. Being that his name tells us that he from traditional and upper-class roots,  Golding is attempting to demonstrates such values throughout the story as it is shown from early on that Ralph is confident, grammatically spoken and is still able to remain morale in spite of the whole situation. Alternatively Ralph’s peers on the island are not as distinguished as he, and this parallel is present throughout the whole story. In the first chapter of the novel we are introduced to not only Ralph but “Piggy” as well, Golding uses Piggy’s name as a metaphor to deliver that he is fat as he is described early on in the book as “The Fat boy” before his name was even introduced whereas Ralph is pronounced as “The fair boy” with a “golden body”. We are never told Piggy’s real name throughout the whole novel which tells us that “Piggy” was not of much importance to people back where he had come from and was bullied. Its becomes apparent to readers very premature in the book that Piggy is not from a traditional and upper-class rooted background similar to Ralph, as we are told that he has “ass-mar” (asthma), weight issues, used to be tormented by the kids back home and isn’t very confident or well-spoken at all; In fact it is almost as if Golding deliberately used Piggy as Ralphs counterpart in the novel.

Similarly one way that Shakespeare makes his characters interesting to his audience is also through the names he gives them. For example, the name Miranda is significant because it means ‘to be admired’ it therefore indicates to the audience that she will be a beautiful character. Miranda is the daughter of Prospero, Being only 3 years old when her father and she where exiled she has never seen another woman or man (apart from from her father) thus growing up with not any knowledge of any other human beings. Miranda’s character has an innocence bound within her nature, since she can never recall meeting another woman to compare herself to; she is unaware of her exquisiteness giving her an unintended sense of humility towards herself and others. We are first exposed to Miranda's compassion in the first act, where she expresses her concern for the passengers held up in the storm. Prospero, the father of Miranda; is a sorcerer but also the rightful Duke of Milan. Shakespeare used Prospero’s name perfectly to complement the motives that this character should hold throughout the story. Twelve years prior when Prospero and Miranda had been exiled from Milan to the Island where they reside now, it was once Prospero who was the Duke of Milan, a man from royalty; this was until his younger brother Antonio had plotted and schemed against him to steal the throne in an acrimonious act of betrayal. For over the last decade Prospero hasn’t been able to take action against his enemies until the opportunity is brought to him when Antonio and others are passing close by on a ship, close enough for Prospero to use his magic on them to summon a storm upon the vessel and bring whoever on board under his control. Shakespeare used Prospero’s name to show that he is trying to “Prosper” throughout the story; he is trying to make sure that his life is filled with “Prosperity” and that he and his daughter are “Prosperous”.

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One way that Shakespeare creates contrasts between his characters in ‘The Tempest’ is through their dialogue, as he uses this as a distinctive representation of what kind of person they are. Prospero is a prime example for this it is shown all throughout the play, for example in Act 1 Scene 2 during a duologue he and Miranda he uses imperative speech. The scene started with Miranda in a panic after seeing the storm her father had cast on the ship passing by, his imperative reply to this was “Be collected. No more amazement, tell your piteous heart. There's ...

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