Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an explanation of the tendencies of human nature. Likewise, Khalil Gibran’s poem GOOD and EVIL puts forth a very similar message, of the power struggle between GOOD and EVIL within ourselves. Evil is the more tempting of the 2 powers. But, the human race has evolved over thousands of years to become tenacious, to fight for survival. To hold a metaphorical light in a dark, unpropitious situation.
Introduction The insanity of man can never be underestimated when man loses his focus on his oneness with his brother. The novel, Lord of the Flies, seeks to identify the flaws of society (jealousy, power, greed, violence etc.) and find it’s source in the nature of human beings. By watching the boys engage in battle, we are reminded of the aptitude of humanity to be evil, and how the morality of man is merely superficial. The severed pig’s head represents what the Greeks call Beelzebub, or the prince of demons (the devil).
Both pieces of literature present how both writers view the breakdown of morality through the breakdown of civil behaviour. Shakespeare and Golding present Jack and Macbeth as very complex characters, both presented as ‘eccentric’ and ‘heroic’ personalities. In both texts the characters are introduced in contrast to their surroundings. In Lord of the flies, the character Jack is first introduced to the reader in complete contrast to the setting. The setting is presented as ‘beautiful’ and ‘flawless’ whilst on the other hand Jack is presented as “something dark fumbling along”.
Pi was a vegetarian Hindu boy and animal lover. Use imagery and diction explore the theme of survival instincts throughout life of Pi. Pi is first afraid of harming animals, but later he is described as “butchering a dorado”, this shows his transformation due to his id. Pi use his shoe as bait for fishing and unfortunately loses the whole shoe and the bait. He had no other bait.
Evil because of puissance, pride and Fear. Buddha once verbally expressed, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him into evil ways.” In the book, “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding, the characters are British boys whose plane has been shot down and they land on an island. As they time goes by the group experiences vicissitudes in phrenic state and values and they go from civilized to savages. The boys perform actions that they may deem as compulsory for survival, but the way the actions occur show the evil and savagery. The evil within human energies when one fears to accept their actions, has the desire for power and pride People will do anything to experience the feeling of puissance, even things that are inhumane.
Golding illustrates the chaos on the island through the actions of the boys and their digression from civilization. Is man evil by nature, or is man evil because of the way they were raised? Though many disagree, man is born with evil in the eyes of society. This is why there is evil in the world and why there is war among
In chapter four Alex questions the state’s idea of evil being a flaw stating, “...this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness, is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don’t go into what is the cause of goodness, so why of the other shop”(Burgess 44). He believes that every human being possesses the potential for good and evil, and that this is what makes them inherently human. Then, early in the novel, an excerpt from a book by a man, F.Alexander is read, “-The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness...to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation…”(Burgess 24). This piece, and the idea of the clockwork orange itself are significant symbols within the novel.
There are many examples of savagery on the island that take place in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The boys on the island display evil characteristics such as trying to kill each other, bullying and manipulation, and corruption. The savagery in the hearts of the boys on the island show the savage characteristics that can also displayed in today’s civil society. The savagery in Lord of the Flies contrasts to modern society in that the boys largely choose savagery over society. When the boys try to make a stable society, it instead turns into savagery.
Society has an evil deep within. Most don’t notice it because it is them, we are the evil, people are the evil. The Lord of the Flies novel written by William Golding was a look into the evil of society. This evil was conveyed through one specific character in the novel, Jack. Jack is a main character in the story whose personality is way different than we would expect a common 12 year old boy’s to be.
Wilkie Collins once questioned how “the best men are not consistent with good, so why should the worst men be consistent in evil.” Generally, people find the existence of intrinsic benevolence or malevolence within themselves and others, yet there remain those that challenge this concept. Gibran contends that good easily evolves into the traditional understanding of “evil,” and as such, we should instead view it as misfortune upon the good. Comparably, in Lord of the Flies, Golding portrays an evil within all erupting only when forced into a precarious situation; however, he argues that this innate vulnerability to evil within humans deems humans themselves to be evil. In Good and Evil, Gibran portrays true evil as virtually nonexistent, and perceived evil as only a byproduct of adversity. He rejects the traditional understanding of evil as being a simple opposition to good.