Flight Disaster Vs Lord Of The Flies

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Two Disasters, Same Fate It is a common belief that transportation by air is the safest form of travel. William Golding’s novel, The Lord of the Flies, is a sublime effigy of a scenario where air travel can be particularly dangerous, and not to mention fate-changing. The Andes Flight Disaster in 1972 goes hand in hand with Golding’s novel, with eerie similarities between the two. They share many overall elements, as well as character comparability, and barbarian behaviors. Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies and Andes Flight Disaster have many common qualities, despite the differences in age, location, and time period. First, there is the most obvious similarity; both stories begin with a plane crash into unfortunate coordinates with…show more content…
In Golding’s novel, Jack’s tribe brings murder into play as an increment to dominancy over Ralph and the island. In the Flight Disaster, in fear of starving to death, the survivors take up cannibalism as their means of survival. These are both extreme cases of savagery, especially for human beings. The Andes Disaster article secures this to be inconvertible, “The group thus survived by collectively making a decision to eat flesh from the bodies of their dead comrades…most were classmates or close friends” (Andes Flight Disaster 2). No one in their right mind would willingly eat the remains of our own kind. Same goes for the boys in Golding’s novel; odds are that most of those kids would have never thought that brutally murdering two of their own would be a fathomable idea. It is the savage nature that comes out in those who are deprived of both civilization and an adequate food supply. An additional way that the two tragic stories correspond concern savagery likewise. The article raises suspicion involving motive; “Reports show that they only consumed the flesh of those who had already died, though some questions remain about how some of those people died” (Andes Flight Disaster 3). This passage suggests that there may have been a handful of uncharted homicides in those cold, snowy mountains. When the boys finally get rescued in the last few pages of Lord of the Flies, the officer is curious about any deaths that may have occurred during their untimely stay on the island. When Ralph tells the officer that two boys have died, he replies, “’Two? Killed?’ Ralph nodded... [The officer] whistled softly” (Golding 201). The novel does not go into detail about what follows their reclamation, however it seems to be known that the two children did not pass away from natural

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