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A View of Human Behavior in the Novels, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and William Golding's Lord of the Flies
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An authors view of human behavior is often reflected in their worksThe novels All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Lordof the Flies by William Golding are both examples of works that demonstratetheir authors view of man as well his opinion of war Goldings Lord of the Flies is highly demonstrative of Goldingsopinion that society is a thin and fragile veil that when removed shows manfor what he truly is a savage animal Perhaps the bet demonstration ofthis given by Golding is Jacks progression to the killing of the sowUpon first landing on the island Jack Ralph and Simon go to survey theirnew home Along the way the boys have their first encounter with theislands pigs They see a piglet caught in some of the plants QuicklyJack draws his knife so as to kill the piglet Instead of completing theact however Jack hesitates Golding states that The pause was onlylong enough for them to realize the enormity of what the downward strokewould be Golding is suggesting that the societal taboos placed onkilling are still ingrained within Jack The next significant encounter inJacks progression is his first killing of a pig There is a descriptionof a great celebration The boys chant Kill the pig Cut her throatSpill her blood It is clear from Goldings description of the revelrythat followed the killing that the act of the hunt provided the boys withmore than food The action of killing another living thing gives thempleasure The last stage in Jacks metamorphosis is demonstrated by themurder of the sow Golding describes the killing almost as a rape Hesays Jack was on top of the sow stabbing downward wherever pig fleshappeared Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over hishands The sow collapsed under them and they were heavy and fulfilled uponher In this case it is certain that animal savagery is displayed by theboys Because they have been away from organized
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