Good And Evil In Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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In all history textbooks, you can always find a leader that has accomplished many feats, but how have they done that? Do you really think the way they accomplished their goals were “good”, or civil and just? In reality, the answer is most likely, “No”. Although their accomplishments have changed the world in many different ways, they almost always implicate the evils in men. Unfortunately, all humans have that aspect in them; a primal, savage instinct that drives them to complete their desires, often with the use of violence. Yet, all humans also have the aspect of “good” in them. This includes the peaceful, civilized, logical, and reasonable society that many people live in today. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the…show more content…
The first piece of evidence that shows this includes, “The assembly was lifted toward safety by his words. They liked and now respected him. Spontaneously they began to clap and presently the platform was loud with applause.” (Golding 37). This quote shows the order and logic/reason of men because of the civilized way the characters in the book are behaving. This clearly shows the question, ‘What are the universal aspects of good and evil in all men?’ because of the quote’s representation of the “good” in man. In other words, Golding is answering a part of his question through the creation of scenes in the plot that represent the “good” in man. A piece of evidence that shows the evil in man in the Lord of the Flies is, “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (Golding 153). This shows the evil of man due to the clear violence and loss of reason/logic in this quote. A part of the question is answered in this quote, as the quote represents the savagery, impulse, and violence of men. In other words, this piece of evidence clearly represents the “evil” in…show more content…
As shown by the evidence presented in the first paragraph, a clear meaning of the question raised by the author is shown, while the second paragraph analyzes the answers the author tries to convey. Overall, these analyses contribute to my whole understanding of the book by allowing me to see the book and its characters in a more symbolic way. In conclusion, the author, William Golding tries to convey the question of ‘What are the universal aspects of good and evil in all men?’ with the answer of ‘The crude savagery, violence, greed, and impulse of humans, compared to the reason, innocence, peace, logic, and civil aspects of men’ because these traits are present in all humans, which is relative to our everyday lives and every society existing, and helps readers of Lord of the Flies understand the world around them
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