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Distopian Novels Compared

             The utopian style of living can be seen, to many, as the ideal way of life. It is a way of living in which everything is supposed to be perfect, a society with ideal economic and social conditions. The novels "Brave New World", "Fahrenheit 451" and "Lord of the Flies" all share this desire by people. These books show the cause and effect of utopianism, creating a form of the opposite, a distopia. In all these books, where the situation is ideal, something that everyone wants becomes the root of complete chaos and destruction. The authors of these books, Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and William Golding (Lord of the Flies) all write detailed stories in which the main character is the only character that is realistic in their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
             In "Lord of the Flies", the opening chapter introduces us to the characters and the conflict and poses a question: If people were dropped on a distant island that offered plenty of food and no dangerous conditions, would the experience be a good one or a bad one? Ralph is the first person we meet. He wanders out of the jungle, followed by a fat boy named Piggy. Although a plane that was under attack during an atomic war dropped them, Ralph thinks he is in a paradise. It's especially wonderful because there aren't any adults around. Ralph doesn't see any of this. It's a wonderful setup for playing, he thinks, and he turns cartwheels. At twelve Ralph is strong, tall, and handsome; a natural athlete, he has been swimming since he was five. He drops his clothes in the same way he willingly leaves the world behind. He has returned to Eden. .
             Jack is the most distinguishing in his strong belief that someone will come to rescue the boys. Initially he is so assured of this that he doesn't worry about their situation. Later he insists the boys keep a fire going as a signal to passing boats. Ralph's clinging to his belief establishes the conflict in the story between himself and Jack.

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