The Outsiders And Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Both the Outsiders and Lord of the Flies deeply explore the idea of dealing with differences. The Outsiders is a story told from the view of Ponyboy; a young, kind greaser. Pony’s life completely changes when he and his friend Johnny Cade are jumped by a group of Socs, and Johnny kills the leader of the group. The Lord of the Flies, although different, has some close similarities. The Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of children whose plane crashed on a remote island where they are forced to survive. The Outsiders and Lord of the Flies both explore the topic of how people deal with differences by creating two completely different rivaling groups, creating conflict because of their differences, and by creating a major dividing event. Both novels created two contrasting groups in the form of the Socs vs Greaser, and Ralph 's group vs the savages. The Outsider’s Greasers and the Lord of the Flies’ group led by Ralph are similar because they both value loyalty within their group. In the Outsiders, Hinton wrote “Then someone had me under the armpits and was hauling me to my feet. It was Darry” …show more content…

The differences between the groups cause great conflict during the story. In the Outsiders, it states “ Not like the Socs, who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks” (Hinton 3). The given quote shows how the Socs deal with the differences between them and the the Greasers. The Socs, believing they are better, deal with their differences by attacking the Greasers. Similarly, the Savages deal with their differences by defying the rules of the conch and defying ralph’s rules. For example, “‘You let the fire go out”’ (Golding 69). This quote shows how the Savages have no regard for the rules that Ralph’s group put into place. The differences when it comes to the groups thoughts on authority cause a great divide ending in the death of Piggy. Overall, the groups of both books act very negatively towards differences which causes terrible

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