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Comparison contrast of lord of the flies and the beach

Analysis of language Look at the following diagram which may help you organise your thoughts.

  • The films employ a different aesthetic style;
  • There is less of a sense of the boys being completely responsible for themselves.

You could use this mind map as the basis for a piece of critical writing, if you add structure and link it together. At the beginning of the novel Golding creates realistic boys and shows their early attitude to the island.

  1. All we know when we start is that the boys have crash-landed into "the jungle" and Ralph is heading toward "the lagoon" 1.
  2. Already they've started taking possession of the island.
  3. Several of the younger boys seem coaxed at times to say their lines, while Tom Chapin as Jack comes across as stiff in certain scenes.
  4. Where as Ralph can control his impulses for the good of the community, Jack puts all his focus on developing his impulses — in this case, his need to hunt. There are several close-up shots of the pig, and particularly the flies around its mouth.
  5. In both films, the audience sides with the viewpoint of Ralph and Piggy; that is to say, they are horrified spectators who look on helplessly at the violence.

They see it as an opportunity to be away from adult rule and authority — to have fun. He sees this as only an opportunity to be away from adults, without any realisation of the real seriousness of his situation. Here we see that Ralph is happy and carefree. His reaction seems to be the natural one of a young boy. Golding creates characters who are credible.

Lord of the Flies

But there was mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil. Golding's description of him being like a "boxer" gives an initial impression of strength, someone who is physically in control of himself.

The use of the word "mildness" creates a very different impression - someone tender and gentle. Not words normally associated with leadership. Piggy, his nickname is Piggy" Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter plane, with wings swept back, and machine-gunned Piggy.

He reveals the immaturity of the young, playing at fighter planes — not realising the irony — it was a fighter plane, which shot him down.

Contrast Roger and Jack from Lord of the Flies.

Ralph's taunting of Piggy and his very basic name-calling emphasises that he is still a child and reacts as a child would under the circumstances.

He's a commander in the navy.

Film adaptations of Lord of the Flies

When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us. Ralph demonstrates that his thought lacks any real depth of understanding or subtlety.

Compare and contrast Ralph and Jack as leaders

His beliefs are based on past experience not on logical analysis of his situation. Ralph has complete faith in the adult world; a faith that Piggy realises has lead to their isolation and cannot possibly know the whereabouts of the boys. Ralph's use of the word "Daddy" shows childishness — he is someone who has not had to rely on his own abilities for survival before.

He is largely voted for by the boys because of his size and age, and also because he has blown the "conch", an emblem of adult authority on the island.

We notice that Ralph is very confident and assumes the position of leader without doubting his fitness for the position. Ralph has been brought up with the expectation of responsibility, which shows here as he quickly assumes control.

  1. Although all the boys have agreed to help build shelters, only Simon actually puts in the time and effort alongside Ralph. Chris Furrh makes for a more convincing Jack, his harsh words seemingly rolling off the tongue.
  2. We don't find out much about the scenery until the boys do, so we get the same thrill of exploration and satisfaction of discovery.
  3. Ralph's taunting of Piggy and his very basic name-calling emphasises that he is still a child and reacts as a child would under the circumstances.
  4. Again, for those who have not read the novel these scenes will be ambiguous.

Piggy probably realises that these decisions by the boys are not going to lead to a stable well led group. It is also interesting to note how quick the boys are to elect a leader and self- impose an order that resembles or mimics that of the society they have just left behind.

Ominously for the boys it is the fault of their society that they are marooned on the island alone. Until the grown-ups come to fetch us we'll have fun.

Revelation of Character

Ralph is both positive and confident in his ability to lead and be successful as leader, and in the goodness and providence of the island and fate. His statements reveal the childishness of his perceptions.

  • Roger early on reveals his predilection for bullying when he carefully throws the stones at Henry on the beach; he seems to genuinely enjoy and find pleasure in willfully hurting others;
  • Piggy Lord of the Flies shows that there is evil in everyone, and that it is simmering just below the surface;
  • A good example of this is the opening sequence of the film.

There is a lack of realisation of the seriousness of their situation —they are marooned on an island, where survival is the key feature 'but all he thinks of is "fun".