Wright 1Chloe WrightMrs.
Hemm English 1229 Jan 2018In both Frankenstein and Lord of the Flies, there were several themes that portrayed the monsters within the novels. However, Lord of the Flies in my opinion, exhibited the monsters within the novel further than Frankenstein. Lord of the Flies has a numerous amount of characters that expose the monsters within, while Frankenstein has a select few. In Lord of the Flies, a plane crashes leaving only children to survive in a undomesticated island.
With immaturity by their sides, savagery tendencies are executed. The monster characteristics appear abruptly with no authorial figure to stop them. A select few of the children knew morals clearly, and were noticing the monster-like tendencies the other children were having. Saying words like “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us” (Golding). Only society itself is the underlying result that keeps us sane. Of course rules will be broken, but with an island and nothing but body of water surrounding these children, it has caused true nature to reveal itself.
While reading Frankenstein, readers misinterpret who the actual monster is. It’s not Frankenstein, the beast himself, but it is his creator. By breaking the rule of life, he goes against his own morals and beliefs and successfully brings death back to life. He hides from what’s most important to him, his own family and school. Sheltered away from life, and spends day and night creating the monster. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. I might in process of time renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
(Shelley 184).” Victor was starting to believe it was okay to bring life back to death, death happens to all of us and it shouldn’t be undone. In conclusion, Lord of the Flies exposes the monsters found within more than Frankenstein. Humans can do the unthinkable without society around them, but Victor Frankenstein had society around him while unlawfully creating a monster inside his apartment. He doesn’t have an excuse for doing such a thing, while the children on the other hand do.