Comparative Essay Lord of the Flies and Alive

Comparative Essay Lord of the Flies and Alive

Comparative Essay

While in a survival situation people will resort to basic survival instincts in order to prosper, some need a strong leader to tell them what to do to survive. Yet some are the leaders, and feel responsible to take action and lives into their hands. The movie “Alive” and the novel “The Lord of the Flies” depicted this theme very well, in “The Lord of the Flies” a natural leader by the name of Ralph volunteers to be chief of a group of stranded boys. This is quite similar to the film “Alive” where survivors of a plane crash elect a leader, Antonio, to get them out alive. Not always are the leaders supreme, sometimes the leaders have competition.

In “The Lord of the Flies” a plane full of around a dozen boys all under the age of thirteen crashes on an island in the middle of the ocean. At first the boys are exited by the fact that there is no adults to boss them around, but they soon realize that this is not such a good thing. After some discussion a boy, Ralph, volunteers to lead the group, the boys agree and elect him as chief of the tribe. As you can see just even initially the boys have an aspiration for leadership, even though they are still young they can comprehend the necessity for order in dire situations. These are called survival instincts. This shows that certain characteristics show in specific situations.

Moving on to the motion picture “Alive” the same theme applies with different circumstances. A plane loaded with a South American rugby team crashes in the mountains of eastern Chili. Some passengers fell out of the plane do to the tail being ripped off dying instantly, others died on impact and some died after the crash. Unwillingly a man named Antonio is elected to be a leader in this dire situation, this is another example of survival instincts. Antonio was the captain of the team, so naturally the men were used to being led by him so he was chosen as leader.

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