“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 of 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.
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.
In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of civilized boys are stranded on an island with no parental authority and soon they become uncivilized. One of the first things the boys do is pick a leader. They pick a boy named Ralph because they thought he would do the best job keeping them civilized. Throughout Lord of the Flies Ralph is mentioning wanting to get rescued from the island. All of the boys on the island have become less and less civilized as time went on but Ralph seemed to be just the same as when they crashed.
The Segregation Crooks faces Isn’t nearly as a harsh as it would be in Jackson or Birmingham However, The isolation is ten times worse. Crooks pushes others away just as much as others push him away this is because he was taught this as a child that, he must relate with his own ‘kind’ though there isn’t another black family for miles. Crooks has a very lonely life because he doesn’t have any person that can completely understand what he feels.
Survival is the act of doing what you need to do to stay alive, however sometimes people go too far. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding the boy’s actions result in their loss of identity and could be argued that it was only because of their survival instincts. However some of the boys’ actions cannot be blamed on the harsh conditions and human survival instincts. Some of these include Rodger and his brutality to children and animals, Jack and obsession with becoming a leader, and the gruesome murder of Piggy. All of these events were unnecessary to the survival of the boys’ and actually resulted in unwanted deaths and situations.
In the book, Ralph says, “I’m scared. Not of the beast, that too. But nobody else understands the fire.” Ralph tries to be the leader and control the boys with survival on the island. Ralph also tries to go against Jack, most of the time, being fearless which I do
However, he was the only one in the island who had foresight. Therefore, I believe Piggy should be chief for many reasons: intelligence, resourcefulness, and maturity. He is the one who is concerned about what will happen to them and he is aware of the serious problem they are facing. Piggy is the intellectual of the group. Intelligence is a key characteristic of a good leader.
On the other hand, Simon, the most practical and mature character in the novel, never believed in a beast. He always believed that the boys are the real beast. Simon, in the Lords of the Flies, said that, “Maybe there is a beast, maybe it’s only us” (Golding 89). Simon believed that humans are the most evil creature on the earth. The characters on the island are a microcosm of the actual world people.
However, as the story develops, things take a turn for the worst. Since the boys are not familiar with the island, it makes them imagine things that create fear inside of them. This fear makes them
“Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins” (Golding 91). Roger’s arm just expects punishment and does not think that there will not be consequences. The only thing holding back the evil within the child is the old civilization and since that is gone, the realization that punishment does not exist will follow closely behind. In conclusion, children may seem naive which they are, naturally they would do things much differently if they were exposed to things instead of being sheltered from
Good vs. evil. Reason vs. instinct. Civilization vs. savagery. These are all examples of internal battles that occur within oneself and which can lead to horrifying consequences. In William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys find themselves stranded on an island, after a plane crash.
In the novel “Lord of the Flies” there are many example of how, ultimately, human beings are evil and under certain conditions will resort to violence. The goal is this book was to show that these boys struggled with power and who would lead and who would follow. As this conflict quickly arose, more problems started to occur and their pride and selfishness showed, as well as, their violent actions towards each other. I believe humans are bad because they murder and enslave. William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies shows that humans are bad because they murder one another.