Humanity containing both virtue and vice is the things which, with our souls, are capable of surviving death unites human beings who are divided by religions. It can be quested and discovered from two books, “The Running Man” by Stephen King and “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. The Running Man” is set in a dystopian United States where is a site of violence, racial bigotry and massive class division in year 2025 and centers around the protagonist, Richards enlisted himself in Game Council’s deadliest game after seeing his daughter is dying of pneumonia. The rules of the game are that the contestant must survive as long as possible while being hunted across America by a team of killers. The other book, Little Bee is the story of a Nigerian girl, little bee, seeks asylum in England after escaping from the oil war in her village. Though Stephine King and Chris Cleave leading a different life results in the different elements bending into these two books, the virtue and vice of humanity is prominent cues via protagonists’ survival.  The two authors’ different backgrounds lead to the disparate motivations f writing their novels. The background of “The Running Man”, a down-and-out protagonist struggling to feed his family is a running theme in much of King’s early fiction, reflecting his own circumstances for much of his early life – married young, kids to feed, living in a trailer, working dead-end jobs, which cultivated a darkness over his literature. Those oppression memories can easily be pointed out in his plot and theme?the authority compel dwellers to equip “Free Vee” TV for the purpose of keeping those poor commoners off the street(King 171). Moreover, if they do walk on the street, crime commitment will be convicted (King 10) and will, of course, be penalized. Participation in the games is the only job they could have a chance to engage in for the improvised inhabitants. As the world is heavily polluted, “a five-year-old kid could get lung cancer” (King 4) without nose filter which is able to be easily produced by the government. However, the childhood memory of Chris Cleave in West Africa about the corruption and immigration created the “Little Bee”. He once accidentally visited to a British concentration camp in West Africa where he saw the huge diversity between England and Africa from corruption and immigration. Therefore, The Little Bee depicted that the Nigerian administration back the local oil company up for exploiting oil resources, and they slaughtered village dwellers leading to little bee getting away from his home to England. Unfortunately, there is no room for her, as she has nothing to identify herself. However, the different experience of two writers both prompts the topics of vice and virtue of humanity formed at the specific atmosphere where the protagonists encounter. Economically, Richards and Little Bee both reside in a world where the gap between the poor and the rich is unbelievably huge and the solidified hierarchy, which completely varied their personality and left them no survival chance. That condition put them into dilemmas of the vice of humanity. In the “the Running Man”, the rich and the poor do not share the same living conditions, and they do not share the same currency, the “Old Dollars” for the poor and the “New Dollar” (King 67) for the rich. In addition, even the right of breath was deprived: the G-A nose filter is priced “six thousand New Dollars” (King 171), which is barely afford for the poor. This wealth inequality is closer to our real world in Little Bee, but is still in unbelievable astonishing situation. In the “Little Bee”, people dwell in the Bee’s village had only seen two cars over the lifespan and electricity or fresh water is no chance for them. They barely knew the world, only “from one old movie” (Cleave 182). The poverty is the only prominent reason that form their personality and cast their behaviors, nevertheless, the greed, injustice and superiority of individuals around them put them to desperation directly. In the “the Running Man” from his neighbors and soldiers, Richards witness those vices. Mrs. Jenner, one of his neighbors who usually had never given a shit about them, as she knew that Richards would enter in the gams, she instantly offered to take the prize money to get some “black market penicillin” (King 4). Moreover, two policemen determined to shoot them both in order to finish their job as soon as possible, as Richards took a woman as a hostage. In the “Little Bee”, the circumstances of Little Bee were no better than Richards. Laurence as one of the closest backing up she could have, threatened Little Bee that he would report her. Vices leave Richards and Little Bee no choice but to make hard decisions to survive. However, Richards and Little Bee also disclosed the virtue, the bright side of humanity. It is this help or virtue from others maintains the life of Richards and Little Bee. Richards is suggested that “stay close to own people” (King 54). Therefore, he had a large number of companions to support him including Flapper who help him transferring his money; Moran who took him away at the risk of his own life; Bradley who mailed tapes to the Council, and the hostage, Amelia, felt sorry for him and “lied about his explosives” (King 340) to save him. Similarly, Little Bee’s life is saved by Sarah three times: she cut herself middle finger for exchanging of Little Bee’s life; she helped Little Bee to stalk the caseworker; shed advocated her legal status and “make an appeal” (Cleave 168) to legalize her identity as a refugee. Those people who don’t own Richards or Little anything, they could do nothing instead of risking their lives, which is the virtue of humanity. In addition, the self-sacrificing of Richards and Little Bee is also the virtue of humanity leading them to the redemption. As Richards rails against the injustice of the gap between rich and poor. Finally, Richards feigns that he accepts the offer, then overpowers at the first opportunity the flight crew and kills McCone, but is shot and mortally wounded. Little Bee is a brave little girl, never afraid of death. As Charlie vanished on the beach, she realized that she could be deported, still she asked the police for help. In addition, at the time, she was keep away from the Nigerian army, while she saw a solider “raised his rifle and swung it round to point at Charlie”. She, without hesitation, run towards to the boy, even though she knew that it is a dead end. The two protagonists, at the critical junction, were all regardless of themselves life and showed readers the virtue of humanity and presenting the meaning of life. Although the two books tell a different story due to the different background of two writers to some extent, but phasing a same tale, vice virtually stays with virtue of humanity.

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