"The Beach by Alex Garland, and "" The Lord of The Flies" by William Golding.

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An exploration into the portrayal of utopian society in utopian literature, using The Beach, by Alex Garland, and The Lord of The Flies by William Golding The word 'Utopia' was first used by Sir Thomas More in 1516, and is now generally thought of as an imagined perfect place or state. A popular interpretaion of a utopian environment is the desert island, detached from the contempory pressures of working life. The island serves as a detached …

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…designed to replace." Individuality is thus disallowed, as it is a remnant of the 'real world'. By a shared homogenous ideology it is hoped the utopia will succeed without fear of dissent and originality. Just as Richard is happy to join the new community, claiming his joining to be 'the most natural thing in the world,' the replacement of his individuality as an avoidance of the 'real world' demonstrates the imposed hierarchy of utopia.