Evil Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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In life good can conquer evil, but evil can also conquer good. Does William Golding show the forces of evil overtaking the forces of good in majority of the characters in the book Lord of the Flies? In William Golding’s novel a group of adolescence boys crash land on an island while they were trying to escape nuclear war. As the story unfolds, the boys try to keep order in what they do in hopes of being rescued. But, the natural instincts of man make them do things they normally would not have thought of if it were not for their new environment. William Golding shows the forces of evil overtaking good in his characters when they turn away from the morals they know are correct and start making justifications for themselves. In Lord of the…show more content…
In the book it says, “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away” (Golding 82). From this quote it is seen that the longer the boys stay trapped on the island the more they start to lose the morals that regular society expects. When the boys are hunting it says, “The chant rose ritually, as at the last moment of a dance or a hunt. ‘Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” (Golding 104). In a normal situation in society what the boys were chanting would be deemed inappropriate. But, since the boys are falling away from regular civilization actions such as the one in the quote are starting to be classified as morally acceptable in their eyes. So, the boys new societal standards are also causing the evil in them to overtake the good in them.
To conclude, in Lord of the Flies William Golding shows the forces of evil overtaking good in his characters when they turn away from the morals they know are correct and start making justifications for themselves. This is seen through the boys thoughts and realizations, when they are hunting, and when the boys start falling away from their regular civilization. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies shows the unsatisfying idea that it is the natural nature of man to let the evil conquer the good in
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