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Thesis: LOTF and the platoon both portray the physiological breakdown in man bringing forth the inner savagery within all man through the characters similar behavior, as well as symbolism.

I. In the lord of the flies a group of boys are well disciplined from adult, and societal influences (ego) and plunge into savagery with no rules after being stranded on an island.
(Starts off as fun because theres no adults, then the situation sinks in)
a.) boys break into 2 groups
1.) ralphs group-logical thinking/ doing the right thing/ realistic
2.) jacks group- easy way out less worry no regard or foresight/ unrealistic
b.) groups go different ways. (fates of group)

II).In the platoon a platoon of U.S. soldiers suffer through the constant mental fatigue that war places upon men. The men begin their tour as gung ho soldiers ready to fight, untill their situations sink in and the stress of war outside and inside the platoon effect its ability to function and colaborate as a unit

A.) Breaks off into two squads.
1). sgt barnes group- brutal, and reckless squad, bend rules/ unnecessary risk
2.)sgt elias squad- use their training and tactics. obey rules from C.O. stick to obj.

III.) in both of these stories both groups are forgotten by the outside world in some ways.

A.) LOTF- their plane crashes into an island where no one knows about their disappearance because the rest of the world is at war.
1.) this being so there are no rules for the boys to follow and no influence on them
2.) boys must make their own rules and fend for themselves
a.)quote about meeting, and the conch (analized)
3.) difficulties governing themselves and keeping order (two competing groups) (CREATED HIERARCHY)
4). because boys are not fully civilized they easily become savage and malicious

B.) Platoon- The soldiers are fighting a war no one wants to be a part of. No one in the world cared about the vietnam war except for the men...
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