Lord of the Flies vs.The Outsiders Noah maldonado humanaties 3A

"Lord of the Flies" tells the story of a group of British schoolboys who survive a plane crash only to find themselves the sole inhabitants of an island. They are forced to hunt for food, create shelter and develop their own civilization to survive. the protagonist "Ralph", and the antagonist "Jack" were the main reason this group of kids were pushed toward savagery. Jack went against Ralph in creating his own tribe that caused the once formed group of friends, to split up and take sides, which then leads to the boys loss of innocence.

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Pony-boy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Throughout this novel it is seen for Pony-boy to be the protagonist, and Darry to be seen as the antagonist, when in reality Darry loved Pony-boy and didn't want him to get hurt or end up like the other greasers. The real feud was between the actual groups itself, the Greasers and the Socs.


In each of these novels there are a group or groups, that have some sort of internal battle with each other. Obviously with exception to plot and subtle differences of story line, the two books are similar. They both show how society effects the way one acts, the isolation that takes place within groups, and that without some sort of order between the group or group. All hell can break loose that forces people to do things they might not want or plan on doing just because of the environment one is placed. Also, in The Outsiders, Pony-boy mentions tat he has had dreams/nightmares about his parents death, causing him to almost lose his sanity in some ways. And in The Lord of the Flies, the littleuns have similar cases, because they have nightmares about a vicious monster that lurks the island, and the boys start to believe in the "beast", or beastie.

Lord of the flies

The characters in this novel at the beginning get along with one another fine enough. As the plot develops and differing opinions arise, they end up turning against each other instead of working together in order to maintain an orderly procedure and best chances at survival.

the outsiders

In the outsiders the characters are all friends with with one another, and the main characters are all in a "gang". through the accumulation of the plot, the groups force pony-boy to hide and be in isolation from the rest, trying to escape the mess he got into with killing a soc. In doing so it leads to further devastation, all because he was in fact a greaser, and the people he associated himself with, were all greasers.

Loss of Innocence

In the Outsiders, Pony-boy and Johnny both start off harmless. After Johnny Dallas later die, the innocence that Pony once had was diminished almost completely, as we saw towards the end of the novel, due to these tragedies that take place because of the group and situation he was brought in to.

In the Lord of the Flies, the group of boys start off orderly and innocent. Once civilization is lost, all the boys are forced into a new band of maturity and loss that propels their innocence.


In the beginning of The Outsiders, Pony-boy shows his feelings of how he is isolated from his gang because he has a greater love for literature and school.

In The Lord of the Flies, the group of boys have been isolated on an island with no authority. This eventually gets to a few of the boys, and signs of loss of order and sanity start to appear.

Theme talked about in class

"rules and order keep people from their true,and violent nature"

In class we talked about multiple "themes" that correlated to the Lord of the Flies, including this one. i found this theme the most interesting because of how true and relevant it is, not only to the books we read but in real, everyday life. For example we saw this in the Stanford Prison Experiment, where it was clearly shown how without some sort of instruction or order, people are drawn to their true natural savage like nature.

About the Authors

Lord of the flies by: William golding

William Golding was born September 19, 1911, in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall, England. In 1935 he started teaching English and philosophy in Salisbury. He temporarily left teaching in 1940 to join the Royal Navy. In 1954 he published his first novel, Lord of the Flies.

The outsiders by: s.e. hinton

Susan Eloise Hinton (born July 22, 1948) is an American writer best known for her young-adult novels set in Oklahoma, especially The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.

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