Inhumanity In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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William Golding in the novel Lords of the Flies supports the famous quote of Mark Twain who said that, “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it”. Lords of the Flies focuses on several English young school boys who were trapped on an isolated island. In the beginning of the novel, the boys are described as civilized human, but with the passage of time the novel changes its focus and illustrates how the sophisticated and well-mannered boys gave up their civilization and became wild and merciless. Jack was one of the main characters in the novel who tried to kill a pig at the beginning of the novel, but failed because of the sense of civility that resided in him. But again in chapter four, Jack went to hunt a pig with his…show more content…
At another instance, Ralph, who never believed in hunting shows inhumanity. In chapter 7, Jack, Ralph and all other hunters went to the forest to hunt a pig and when they did not get a pig, they try to torture Robert. They pushed him in the circle and started a tribal dance around him. This situation is beautifully described by Golding, who said that,“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 115). The boys don’t only want to harm or kill animals, but also other humans. 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. Thus, William Golding’s Lords of the flies reflects the real world scenario. Humans always destroy humanity and civilization in order to prove their
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