Simon Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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What would life be without evil in the world? Many optimists believe there is an inherent goodness gifted to all people at birth and fundamentally embedded in us that dictates our actions, but the reality is exactly the contrary. People are evil, not because of a desire or choice but out of absolute necessity on account of none of the things we enjoy today would be available or even invented without some evil. Evil, within limitations and with restrictions, is productive for a group of people. Society, with all its art, culture, music, and glory, was created because there was evil present and now works to destroy its very creator through police departments and social initiatives. Our entire lives hang in a delicate, ever-shifting…show more content…
Good still exists, but mostly in small quantities and in clumps, grouped together like flocking sheep. The symbolic representation of good in The Lord of the Flies is Simon, a simple choir boy whose main objective is to help others and not rise to any prominence on the island. William Golding shows Simon frequently assisting and being a person to lean on when no else is, like through this quote, “‘They’re hopeless, the older ones aren’t much better. D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else.’” (p.70) Good is mentioned, but not without the equivalent mention of evil, as shown through how the other boys abandoned the project to have fun. Throughout all of this, Simon, the most pure of the boys, is physically affected by evil through a disorder, presumed to be epilepsy. In chapter eight, the Lord of the Flies cause him to have a seizure and blackout because the personification of evil is too strong for Simon to handle. Good, represented through Simon, only makes up a tiny fraction of the boys, showing how few boys truly care about being good as contrasted to the amount of boys who only want to be
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