In class we have read the two novels Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think that the two novels were completely different but they both are non-fiction novels, which have themes, and characters that develop throughout the story. A theme that both stories have in common is, a character believing in something which turns into an even stronger belief.
This theme is shown through characterization of the character Mildred in Fahrenheit 451, and Jack in Lord of the Flies. Both of the characters begin the novel having a belief but with conflict turns into an even stronger belief. Mildred is a typical person in the novel Fahrenheit 451. She is a woman who doesn’t work, she stays home all day, only watches television, has a husband who works and follows the law that all books are pointless, they are prohibited and if you see one you call the fire department.
Her husband Montag is a fireman who burns books, but with the help of a crazy neighbor Clarisse, Montag learns that books aren’t bad and that they should not be burned, they should be read. Mildred soon learns that her husband reads books and has to deal with the conflict man vs. society. She has to choose between following the law that she believes in, or keeping Montag’s secret that he reads books and watch him do something illegal that she does not believe in.
Mildred begins the book having the belief that all books are bad, they are illegal and they should all be burned. Throughout the book she develops by beginning to strongly believe that all books are bad. This is shown when she discovered that Montag reads books she immediately calls the fire department and leaves Montag. In the novel Lord of the Flies Jack is a strong and very outspoken person. In the beginning of the book he arrives on the island as the leader of the choir.
Once everyone on the island found each other he immediately tried to be the leader of the island. He lost against Ralph. Towards the end of the novel he forms his own tribe and is no longer a leader, he is a dictator. Throughout the book Jack develops by starting the book believing that he should be leader, but when he lost he got over it. Towards the end of the book he strongly believed he should be leader and did something about it, since he’s believed in this for so long he got too caught up in the moment and became a dictator.
The conflict Jack is facing is man vs. self. He had to learn to be more confident about himself and finally learn to follow what he believes in, which was being leader. The novels Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies both had characters that beliefs turned stronger as they grew and developed throughout the novel. Mildred’s belief of burning books became stronger and Jack’s belief that he should be leader became stronger. A similar theme of both the novels were shown through characterization.