Fear is a strange thing, it starts out little and innocent, but if it is left uncontrolled it festers. In the book, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, people wonder, “What happened to those innocent, little boys?” and “Who is behind this new-found fear and corruption inside the boys?” It isn’t until the Lord of the Flies is introduced this questioned is answered. The Lord of the Flies (the pig’s head on a stick) is the one behind the corruption in the boys. It isn’t the pig’s head making this corruption pop up suddenly; it is the spirit inside the pig’s head. The Lord of the Flies is Satan.
The human nature can be a vile, corrupt, and heinous object that will do anything to benefit itself and put down others. This is the bleak reality of the human nature. LoTF, written by William Golding, and Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini are two books that follow the tragic stories of young boys who lost and sacrificed everything when they succumbed to their evil desires. Lord of the Flies and Kite runner both shed light on human nature by showing the inherent evil that can be evoked, how it can lead to the loss of childhood innocence, and the sacrifices we are willing to make. The quality that defines the human nature best is our inherent evil.
In “The Nightmare Beast, War and the Children in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies” by J. Dangar (Doc. C), there is a quote from Golding himself where he says “The war produced a noticeable effect on me. It scared me stiff… I began to see what people were capable of doing.” War played a large part in Golding’s life, and the violence was an inspiration for “The Lord of the Flies”. In chapter 6 (Doc. D), there was a “sign… from the world of grown ups… A parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs… When the breeze blew… the figure seemed to peer across the brow of the mountain.” The boys see this figure, consequently believing it to be the mythical “beast”.
Nobody is born bad, not even the evilest of souls. In the Lord of the Flies, the main point of emphasis is that inherent good is in everyone, but so is original sin. The beast is inside of us all, and that is why with every child comes a beast. People turn savage because of their life experiences. Many times throughout our life we must make a decision that can change us forever.
So she began taking of its fruit and eating it.+ Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it.+7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked.” (Slide 10) Zeenat: The presence of evil in Lord of the Flies is the beast. Golding interprets allegory to the bible when he expresses the event in which the calmness of the island is disturbed, due to the talk of a creature the boys refer to as a "snake-thing” that evokes fear among them. This creature represents the presence of Satan in the Garden of Eden, who approached Adam and Eve disguised as a serpent. (Slide 11) Abby: Though Satan is an external force, the “beast” is a projection of the boy’s savage inclination. Just like with Adam and Eve, the boy’s fail to realize that the danger of evil stirs up sinful and illogical behavior which inevitably sends them to their
This sowed in the seeds of uncertainty amongst its members. Lord of the Flies brings out this element of uncertainty very vividly. The boys on the island are unsure of any rescue and also are unable to trust each other. The social decline is shown through the disputes amongst Jack and Ralph. The aspect of uncertainty looms even with respect to the beast.
I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” (Golding, 143). With the correct perspective, it becomes clear that the beast is not a real, tangible creature, but an internal force, a manifestation of evil.
Human Nature: Good vs Evil In 1954 when William Golding published Lord of the Flies, in his novel it showed, human nature between Good vs Evil. Being easily influenced, feeling lost and wanting to fit in; and not wanting to feel vulnerable, which leads to seeking power, can make a person loses their identity, and it can open up the door for evil to take over. This is how William Golding will demonstrate this thesis throughout Lord of the Flies. Firstly, being easily influenced can make a person lose their identity, and it can open up the door for evil to take over because, if a person does not know who they are, other peoples influences can change them for the good or evil. In this case of Lord of the Flies, these influences have opened the door to evil: “Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones.
As the Lord of the Flies speaks to Simon it is important that it tells Simon that the beast doesn’t really exist and it is among the humans. Simon knew this before he met the Lord of the Flies. However, he cannot say this to the boys because of the attention and fear that the boys will laugh at him. The Lord of the Flies is the opposing force against Simon who is the ‘true good’ of the novel and the Lord of the Flies being the true and real evil. The Lord of the Flies is not only the opposing, but probably the dark side of Simon himself.