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novels Throughout Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness the importance of restraintis greatly stressed This being the restraint to remain human and maintain sanity In Heartof Darkness Marlow was able to remain his restriant despite how difficult it was for him He was always surrounded by cannibals and constant chaos On the other hand Kurtzwas unable to keep his restriant as a result he lost his humanity and sanity and eventuallydied because of it In Lord of the Flies Ralph is able to restrain restrain and he thereforeremains human He found it difficult though because there was only one other personwho was able to do the same- Piggy Ralph was determined to maintain order and he wasvery alone because of it Jack on the other hand gave in to the temptationof simplyhunting and playing and lost his humanity in the process He became a savage - not ahuman being but a savage with a painted body and strange barbaric ways In contrast thecannibals in Heart of Darkness who are starving could have easily had many satisfyingmeals After all they outnumbered the whites thirty to five but they still had necessaryrestraint to refrain from savagely feasting on some of the easily accessible seamen Towards the end of the novel Marlow becomes becomes very close to losing his sanitybut also has the necessary restraint to maintain it He confuses the beat of a drum the callto mans primative side with his own heartbeat but is still able to restrain from slippingover the edge as Kurt did Ralph in Lord of the Flies is constantly faced with temptationto join Jack and all of the other boys especially when Piggy dies and he is all alone Thismakes it even more difficult to restrain from giving in to Jack and his animalistic tribe Therefore it is evident how important restrain is in these two novels The ability to do somay be the difference between life and death and
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