Lord of the Flies and The Withered Arm Comparison

of the Flies and The Withered Arm Comparison

I have chosen "The Lord of the Flies" and

"The Withered Arm" because they are similar even though they were written
in different time periods. Lord of the Flies was written in the 20th century
and the Withered arm was written in the 19th century.

Lord of the flies by William Golding

The title signifies Death, devil (Beelzebub).

The Withered arm by Thomas Hardy

The title signifies decay or decline.


The withered arm is set in the 19th century
on a farm. This is in Anglebury .The story starts of on Mr Lodges farm
and finishes on the farm. Gertrude lodge lives in a mud built cottage.

The lord of the flies is set on a fictitious
remote island in the 20th century. The story starts of in the jungle. They
later move onto the beaches. They then move to other locations on the island
such as the fort and the mountain.

Differences and similarities between settings

Both of the settings are isolated. Lord
of the Flies, is on an island so they cant get off but in the Withered

Arm there is not much transport so wherever you went you would have to
walk or get a horse.

The settings are different because they
are set in different periods.


Lord of the flies:

Good and evil, good and evil is a fairly
large theme in the story. Early in the novel good is represented by the
conch this is a symbol of decency and order. The two tribes Represent good
and evil in the best way. However, there are other things such as the beast
and the ship. The beast frightens them because they think it is an evil
sign. The ship is a good sign but they do not manage to flag it down, because

Jack had not looked after the fire. This springs an almost air of hatred
between Ralph and Jack.

Law and order, plays a big role in the
story. It comes into play at the very beginning with the conch. Ralph and

Piggy find the shell and Ralph blows it, this draws all the children onto
the beech. The conch later becomes an element of law and order, because
the boys are only aloud to talk during meetings if they have the conch.

Fear, fear is probably the biggest theme
in the story there is a big list of elements of fear such as the fear of
the beast, the isolation of the island, the war outside of the island,
the fear of not being rescued, the fear of Jacks group (savages) and the
fear of fear itself.

The Withered arm:

The withered arm shares the same themes
of the lord of the flies Good and evil, this is symbolised when Gertrude
lodge turns up to Rhoda brook and says about her bad arm. This is in conjunction
to when Rhoda has a dream about Gertrude and her having a bad arm.

Order, order plays an important part in

The Withered Arm, there is order between the social classes. Farmer lodge
will not acknowledge anyone he sees on the road or any place else. He shows
this when the boy is walking past the carriage of Farmer Lodge.


Lord of the Flies:

Ralph, he is portrayed as a typical British
boy, he has led a life that illustrates a perfect British boyhood. Ralph’s
father is a commander in the Royal Navy. This may endorse his image of
law and order when he is voted leader. Ralph demonstrates a quiet authority
which the boys appreciate and favour compared to jacks more harsh and aggressive

He is practical, strong-minded, athletic,
kind and a middle-class boy.

Piggy, his unattractive appearance and
remoteness from the group prevent him from making an involvement to life
on the island. He is the most intelligent boy on the island. He moans a
lot and is put to manual labour by the other boy’s.

He is Intelligent, asthmatic, overweight
and his father is dead.

Jack Merridew, Jack is the character in
the story that you are supposed to despise. He bases his stand on him being
leader by, "I can sing C sharp". His key involvement to the survival of
the boys is the fact that he leads the savages (hunters) They provide the
meat by tracking the pigs. The whole experience of the island to Jack,
is one big game. He is leader of the choir, red hair, aggressive and dominant,
arrogant, envious, chief of savages.

Simon, he is described on several occasions
as ‘funny’, ’queer’, ‘batty’ and ‘crackers’ He is courageous because he
climbed the mountain to