Comparing Lord Of The Flies And The Running Man

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Running Man by Stephen King share similarities in their themes, but they have differences in how the story is being told. These two novels are similar in the way that they both have a dystopian society; they also both have aspects of savagery. Differences are the relationship between Jack and Ralph in the Lord of the Flies, also the relationship between Ben Richards and The Games Network in The Running Man is different compared to the Lord of the Flies. In The Lord of the Flies, the plane crashed on an unchartered island, and Ralph was designated the leader. Ralph made the rules and if one of the boys didn’t follow them, they would get in trouble by Ralph. Jack was not a fan of following Ralph’s …show more content…

In the beginning of the novel the Lord of the Flies, Ralph is the leader and Jack has to listen to Ralph. As the story progresses, Jack gets increasingly hostile towards Ralph. Jack doesn’t agree with the rules that Ralph had created, so Jack goes off on his own and creates his own tribe. Ralph represents the order and civilized part of society, Jack on the other hand, represents the savagery and barbaric part of society. Towards the end of the novel, Ralph and Jack are no longer friends, they are enemies. “The twelve-year-old who had been elected chief is being hunter down in cold blood by the other children” (Woodward 200). The friendship Jack and Ralph once had, crumbled into an …show more content…

To be completely gullible and to not form their own opinions is what The Network does to its citizens. “Free-Vee is the stuff of dreams, the bread of life. Scag is twelve oldbucks a bag, Frisco Push goes for twenty a tab, but the Free-Vee will freak you for nothing. Farther along, on the other side of the Canal, the dream machine runs twenty-four hours a day… but it runs on New Dollars, and only employed people have any” (King 8). Most citizens in The Running Man do not realize this about The Network, they are so conditioned that they believe that everything The Network says, is true. On the other hand, the Lord of the Flies does not have a dystopian society. It has aspects of savagery. Once Jack refuses to listen to Ralph’s rules, the true animal in Jack is revealed. Soon the rest of the young boys follow and listen to Jack, creating more savages. “’Tomorrow’ went on the chief, ‘we shall hunt again.’ He pointed at this savage and that with his spear. ‘Some of you will stay here to improve the cave and defend the gate. I shall take a few hunters with me and bring back the meat. The defender of the gate will see that the others don’t sneak in’” (Golding 160). In The Running Man there is a dystopian society, on the other hand the novel Lord of the Flies is not a dystopian society, it is

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