What are some thematic similarities between Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird?

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You can draw a number of thematic parallels between Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird, including children's need for wise adult guidance in overcoming irrational fears, effective versus ineffective leadership, and the importance of compassion in creating a society that works for all its members.

In both novels, the children exhibit irrational fears, which readers recognize as normal for youngsters. Scout and Jem fear Boo Radley, and the littluns—and eventually almost all the boys—fear the "beast" on the island. The Finch children have Atticus's guidance to help them learn not to fear that which they don't know or understand, and by the end of the story, Scout exhibits tender solicitude for the man she once groundlessly feared. Without any adult guidance, however, the boys on the island become more and more fearful, and their fears contribute to the murders of Simon and Piggy.

Both novels offer noteworthy examples of leadership, both positive and negative. Atticus Finch raises his...

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