This essay will discuss the novel ‘Lord of the flies’ and a Simpson’s episode ‘Das bus’, which is based on the novel. Since this episode is a parody of the novel Lord of the flies there are still a lot of differences between the two. Therefor the main question that this essay will answer is: What could change in the Simpson’s episode to do more justice to the novel? And will especially look at plot, characters, themes and symbols.
The main plot and both the novel and the Simpson’s episode are the same. A group of children strand on an island where they turn from civilized to barbaric. Still there are a lot of important parts from the novel missing in the episode. An important part at the beginning of the storyline is when the group chooses Ralph as the leader. ‘Ralph counted. I’m chief then’ This is important because it shows democracy which shows there is still civilization and that they function as a society. Furthermore it creates tension between Ralph and Jack since he also wants to be the leader and therefor shows the beginning of the civilization versus savagery. The part of voting for the leader should be added to the Simpson’s episode to do more justice to the novel. Another important part that’s missing in the episode’s plot is seeing a ship on the horizon while the fire is out. This should be in the episode because it shows the different reactions of Ralph an Jack to a missing change of being rescued. Finally in the episode civilization comes back when they find out the monster is a wild boar. ‘So the children learned how to function as a society and eventually they were rescued’ This is really different from the novel because in the novel the breakdown of civilization only gets worse. That’s why this part of the Simpson’s episode should be left out of it. To put these parts into the episode we should take parts out to let it still be an episode. The part of Homer shows contrast between civilized world the breakdown of civilization on the island....
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