This is an awsome essay! Feel free to use it. Great comparison of books, excellent work.
novels. Throughout Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness the importance of restraint
is greatly stressed. This being the restraint to remain human and maintain sanity. In Heart
of 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, Kurtz
was unable to keep his restriant, as a result he lost his humanity and sanity, and eventually
died because of it. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is able to restrain restrain, and he therefore
remains human. He found it difficult though, because there was only one other person
who was able to do the same- Piggy. Ralph was determined to maintain order, and he was
very alone because of it. Jack on the other hand, gave in to the temptationof simply
hunting and playing, and lost his humanity in the process.
He became a savage - not a
human being, but a savage with a painted body and strange barbaric ways. In contrast, the
cannibals in Heart of Darkness, (who are starving) could have easily had many satisfying
meals. After all, they outnumbered the whites thirty to five, but they still had necessary
restraint 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 sanity,
but also has the necessary restraint to maintain it. He confuses the beat of a drum (the call
to man's primative side) with his own heartbeat, but is still able to restrain from slipping
over the edge as Kurt did. Ralph in Lord of the Flies is constantly faced with temptation...