Essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Isolation is the state in which a person is separated from the presence of other beings. Isolation can take three forms which include social, self-inflicted, and forced isolation. Each form is damaging to one’s well-being including their physical and emotional health. Isolation is portrayed through the novels, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley through the inclusion of certain characters. Although all forms of isolation are detrimental to a person, social isolation causes the most wide spread damage to the individual. Social isolation is the most destructive form of isolation because it forces an individual to be excluded from the company of others …show more content…
John is forcefully isolated from society because he rejects the controlled lifestyle of the World State, and embraces the uninhibited world of the Reservation. John’s isolation differs from Chief Bromden’s in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, because Chief chooses to isolate himself by pretending to be mute in the ward. Chief Bromden’s self-inflicted isolation can be seen through the way that he purposely acts deaf so he doesn’t have to deal with reality in the mental hospital. The purpose behind his trickery is to escape from both the reality of his life in a mental institution and from the other people living with him in his ward. For years, he has listened to arguments but has never chosen to add his opinion, because he does not care to deal with the unhappiness of the ward. He states the reason that no one cares to speak to him: “They don't bother not talking out loud about their hate secrets when I'm nearby because they think I'm deaf and dumb.” (Kesey 124). Chief Bromden misleads the ward to escape the palpable sadness of the mental hospital. It is true that self-inflicted isolation is a struggle for a person, as seen through Chief Bromden, but social isolation causes much more long-term effects, as seen through Piggy from Lord of the Flies. Piggy is an example of social isolation because he is ostracized on the island, but wants to be a part of the social hub. Ralph is the only person that sticks up for Piggy

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