Compare and contrast To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.This is not an essay... I need to know the similarities and diffirences betwixt Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird... Once...

Compare and contrast To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.

This is not an essay... I need to know the similarities and diffirences betwixt Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird... Once I know the similarities and differences, then, I guess it would be better...

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These novels offer a number of similarities and a wide range of differences. It will be most instructive to look at the similarities as many of the differences are somewhat obvious.

Superficially: Each book deals with children as the principal characters. The children characters are challenged by situations that they are unprepared for, yet which they must tackle to the best of their ability.

Thematically: We can say that these novels both take up a question of human nature. Specifically, each poses the thematic/ philosophical question, "Are people essentially good or essentially evil? (And, by extension, is society essentially good or evil?)"

These novels each come to differing conclusions on these questions, with Lee's novel suggesting that good runs deeper than evil ("there is good in every person and that the quest of justice is not a wasted effort") and Golding's novel suggesting the opposite.

Golding himself has said that the writing of Lord of the Files was "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature."

Dealing with morality and its social foundations, these novels present compelling but competing visions of society when it is exposed by extreme circumstances for what, to each author, it ultimately is. 

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