Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is one common theme found in both William Golding's Lord of the Flies and George Orwell's 1984

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One predominant theme throughout both novels examines the negatives effects of totalitarian regimes. In 1984, Orwell's dystopian nation of Oceania is controlled by a totalitarian regime whose symbolic leader is Big Brother. The government controls virtually every aspect of life and oppresses its population through manipulation. They play off people's fears and encourage hate. Oceania engages in constant war, and the government is not concerned about the well-being of its citizens. Party members live in constant fear of being arrested by the Thought Police and are forced to submit to Big Brother.

In the novel Lord of the Flies, Golding also examines the negative effects of totalitarianism. Jack encourages the boys to act like savages and maintains control over them through manipulation. He propagates the existence of the "beast" and uses fear to control his tribe....

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