A study of community, highlighted by characters who could be considered as standing outside of their community. Reference made to Eliot's 'Silas Marner' and Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'.

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The subject of this essay is community and characters who are outside of their community, as highlighted in William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' and George Eliot's 'Silas Marner'.

William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' is set around a group of young boys, with the eldest being twelve years old, who are stranded on an uninhabited island after their plane crashes. We are introduced to Ralph and the rest of the boys, the boys choose Ralph to be their chief instead of Jack, who becomes Ralph's rival as well as his friend. The story is set over a few months and mainly follows the regression of most of the boys on the island and Ralph and Jack's relationship, as it is strained when they wish to take different paths.

George Eliot's 'Silas Marner' is the story of a man, Silas Marner, who has been betrayed and in consequence has lost his faith in man and God.

He moves from a small community (Lantern Yard) in an urban town to a very rural village called Raveloe. He purposely keeps himself apart from the Raveloe community because of what happened at Lantern Yard. We are introduced to the Cass family, when Dunstan (Dunsey) Cass, due to a debt he owed, stole Silas's money, (which he treasured). Dunsey then disappears. Silas's path also crosses with Dunsey's brother Godfrey Cass. This happens when Godfrey's daughter from his secret marriage, wanders into Silas's home from outside where her mother lays dead from an opium overdose. She had been on her way to tell Godfrey's father about her marriage to his son. Silas takes the child in when Godfrey does not claim her, and slowly she starts to change Silas's attitude towards life and people. He starts to regain his...