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Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies


The two novels, Animal Farm by George Orwell and Lord of the Flies by William Golding were both edited 50 years ago, indicating there is much to be stated about both. All you have to do is key in the name of each of the novels into Google and out pops tonnes of information about each. If somebody were to research enough of the two books they would have the ability to see that they are rather comparable in plot and themes.

Both books have a look at a newly developed society which is gradually ruined by the characters or individuals within them.

The idea of one having power over the rest is what corrupts the societies and ends in death and adversity for all others within the society. The authors both use their characters in the books to portray what society may be like in that kind of scenario and utilize their actions to demonstrate how it can fall apart if the right actions are not taken to preserve an operating society. Therefore, both authors show how power can corrupt a society and produce fantastic difficulty for the people ruled through its promoting characters and their filled actions.

The primary characters in both of the books are the ones who eventually cause the societies to collapse. In Animal Farm George Orwell uses pigs to satire the leadership of Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky and how they controlled their individuals into thinking what they are doing is best (NovelGuide). The pigs led a revolution on the farm owner to take the farm and leave it in the hands of all of the animals, instead of man. They mentioned that the farm would be run by the animals without any rules other then that to never ever act like a human (Orwell).

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No concern, now, what had actually occurred to the faces of the pigs. The animals outside looked from pig to guy, and from male to pig, and from pig to man again; but currently it was difficult to state which was which (Orwell 88). At the start of the transformation, there was no clear ‘leader’ of the animals and they did as they pleased, however the much smarter pigs started altering some of the rules that were stated to make certain none of the animals would behave the way the people had.

The much smarter pigs benefited from all of the other animals and started altering guidelines, giving them progressively more power over the group. In the end, the power hungry pigs ended up becoming exactly what they set out to damage, human beings. The result of this corruption of power ended with a couple animals dying and others working night and day constantly. In the unique Lord of the Flies author William Golding utilizes children lost on a deserted island to represent a recently formed society.

2 young boys pick to take various approaches to enduring on the island and running the rest of the group, so they split up into their own little societies. Jack, among the leaders picks a more violent function of making it through; he disagrees with the approaches of Ralph (the other leader) and takes command of the majority of the kids (Golding). Jack started his experience on the island as a typical boy just like any of the others, however after he was elected into power by all of his good friends, it rapidly got to his head. “I agree with Ralph. We’ve got to have rules and obey them.

After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything. So we have actually got to do the ideal things” (Golding 42). The power which is corrupting Jack triggers him to do lots of things no person would think about doing while trying to survive (Bookrags). In the end, Jack’s power ended in the deaths of 2 boys and the utter destruction of an island. All in all, power was what lead the main characters in each of the books to corrupt a society they had actually longed to be apart of, leading to deaths of others and the difficulty of the rest.

Both the pigs and Jack utilized manipulation and their power to control the others in their particular societies. Within Animal Farm the pigs used their smarts to out wit and manipulate the others into giving them power over the rest. When the transformation initially took place, the animals established ‘The 7 Commandments’ which consisted of rules avoiding any animal from imitating a human (Golding). Over time the stock grew suspicious of the pigs actions and reverted back to ‘The Seven Commandments’, which was no use given that the pigs were the only ones that might check out, and they altered the rules in their favour.

‘It says, “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”,’ she announced finally. Oddly enough, Clover had actually not kept in mind that the 4th Rule discussed sheets; but as it was there on the wall, it needs to have done so (Orwell 42). In time the pigs ended up being increasingly more like the people, and without any questions asked too since none of the animals understood what the pigs were up too. The pigs used the saying “4 legs good, 2 legs bad” to justify most of their actions to the less smart animals (NeoEnglishSystem). The pigs increase to power and

the corruption of the animal farm was assisted by the smarts the pigs possessed over the other less clever animals. In Lord of the Flies, primary character Jack uses persuasion and other un-ethical techniques to hire other kids into joining his ‘group’. Some of these tactics consist of threatening and bribing the others in order for him to acquire power over the majority of the kids on the island (Bookrags). Jack’s techniques of acquiring most of the kids on the island leads to him having total power of what goes on, on the island.

“Kill the monster! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (Golding 168). Jack orders an attack on the so called ‘beast’ that is residing on the island with them. Without 2nd guessing him, his people attacks the ‘monster’ which turns out to be among the young boys. All in all, the corruption of the others in the society by the leaders utilizing adjustment and other methods to acquire power is what causes the supreme demolition of the two books societies.

Due to their mad hunt for power and the means they went through to achieve it, the pigs and Jack had a lot of effects for their actions against their respective societies. The pigs used their brains as a way to get power and control of their group of animals, nevertheless by doing this it resulted in the deaths of a number of the animals along with the expulsion of among the other pigs (Orwell). About half the animals on the farm rushed out to the knoll where the windmill stood. There lay Boxer, between the shafts of the cart, his neck extended, not able to even raise his head.

His eyes were glazed, his sides matted with sweat. A thin stream of blood had actually dripped out of his mouth (Orwell 74). Despite the fact that the pigs are the ones that arranged the revolution on the human beings, they ended up becoming what they had actually feared. They over worked the other farm animals and made them think it was all for a better cause (NeoEnglishSystem). Lord of the Flies’ main character Jack also had significant effects for his actions. Jack did not put him self in the management function, he was chosen by Ralph to help him run the group of boys.

Things quickly got out of hand for Jack and he quickly wanted to lead all of the boys by himself instead of with Ralph. Jack’s actions to get into power are what corrupted the small society of boys and those actions featured the repercussions of death for 2 of the young boys and the near death experience for another. If anyone peered under the bushes and chanced to glance human flesh it might be sameric who would pretend not to see and say nothing. He laid his cheek against the chocolate coloured earth, licked his dry lips and closed his eyes.

Under the thicket, the earth was vibrating extremely a little; or maybe there was a sound underneath the apparent thunder of the fire and scribbled ululations that was too low to hear (Golding 220). Jack told his people that they required to eliminate Ralph and the only way to find him was to burn the jungle down. Ralph ran for his life far from the blood thirsty tribe of kids and the fire (Cliffnotes). Jack’s actions to get power have alarming effects for the 2 boys who wound up dying and Ralph who was gone after and almost killed if he had actually not encountered a Naval Officer.

All in all, the actions of the primary characters who tried to acquire power over the others in the society were what ultimately result in the corruption of both societies. In conclusion, both William Golding and George Orwell do a fantastic task of showing how power can corrupt a society by using their characters in their novels. Both of the books give the reader an insightful take a look at how society may be if the leaders of our nations grew corrupt with the power that they held over the rest of society.

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