Evil In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Evil is Within Everyone Without thinking, the laws and social rules we abide by every day are actually a fragile barrier keeping the worst of human nature from overtaking modern society. In the allegorical novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a plane full of British school boys is shot down over an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They are stranded without adult supervision or means to communicate with the outside world. This creates the perfect setting for Golding to explore the best and worst of human nature. It is in this setting that Golding illustrates what can happen when laws and rules vanish and human instinct reigns. Although everyone has the capacity to act good, there is also evil within everyone and it is only the laws and norms of civil society that prevent the evil from manifesting.…show more content…
His journey throughout the story is used to help convey the author’s view on human nature. At one point, Ralph calls an assembly to discuss a feared beast found on top of the mountain. At the assembly Simon says, ”’Maybe… maybe there is a beast… What I mean is… maybe it’s only us’” (Golding 89). Although the rest of the boys laugh, the author’s theme is further confirmed when the Lord of the Flies says, ”’Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!... You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?’” (Golding 143). Simon’s vision of the Lord of the Flies talking to him confirms the theme that there is evil within everyone. Sadly, nobody listens to Simon’s warnings, and their actions become increasingly
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