Good And Evil In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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“Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other.” As Eric Burdon said, we have the potential for both good and evil, but it isn’t fixed at birth. People cannot be born with a bad heart, they do not start on the “ the dark side” so to say. They grow to be evil and brooding depending on their circumstances, the situations that they have been put through, and the choices they make during them. People also need a guide, or friend to help them stay on the good side, never leading them into wrongdoing. This is shown in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies , as the boys’ push through terrible obstacles, and the task to survive. Golding shows amazingly accurate character development throughout the book as they boys have to change to fit these new affairs. Everyone knows that babies are cute, pure, innocent creatures, and this goes with young children as well. In Lord of the Flies, theses young boys have to face many challenges, some that even alter their personality, maybe making them into darker people. As the book goes on, readers start to think that the children are terrible, horrible kids. They have been turned into monsters. Golding shows this theme throughout the book, but sums it up at the very end when“Ralph wept for the end of innocence , the darkness of man’s heart…” (Golding, 202) The children had been through so much, and came to be new people by the end of it. They
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