Ishmael Beah Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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The characters from Lord of the Flies, Jack and Ralph, and Ishmael Beah of A Long Way Gone act on contrasting views of their responsibility in society. The manner in which they utilize advancements in technology -for the enhancement or destruction of society- reflect on their perceived role in it. William Golding and Ishmael Beah express through these characters that whether people hold on to or set aside the core values of humanity is the determining factor of their contribution to society.
Humanity is distinguished by the willingness to contribute to the betterment of its race overall. Instead of acting out of self interest, working to enhance one’s species as a whole is what sets the human race apart. Deeds of compassion, patience and understanding are defining traits of humanity that strengthen the people around them. Human nature at its best combats inner primal urges with order, unification and civilization. These conditions are the ideal environment for collective learning and progress for all of society. Throughout these two texts, this environment is
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On the island, he is burdened with responsibilities such as leadership and organization. Despite Jack encouraging and pressuring his inner savage to come out, Ralph continues to contribute to the enhancement of society. Even after partaking in Simon’s murder and acting savagely, he does not fully give himself over to it. Ralph instantly feels remorse and guilt for his actions: essential human qualities. Golding makes this evident and describes, “Ralph, cradling the conch, rocked himself to and fro” (Golding 157). The conch calls together meetings and grants sole authority to speak. Ralph is literally holding onto the physical manifestation of civilization. At his low point, he clings onto a technology that enables communication, assembly, and order. Ralph is able to benefit society because he holds onto his
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