Is Man Truly Good Or Evil Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Is Man Truly Good or Evil? The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding delves into the instincts of young boys placed in a situation where no adults are near to rely on. Many of the instincts the boys now show are destructive, although the youngsters believe them to be righteous. The children’s’ original intentions were good; however their small society turns into anarchy. Initially, the goal of the group of boys was at first to survive, but some of the boys such as Jack, soon prioritized his vendettas. “Rescue? Yes of! All the same, I’d like to catch a pig first-“(pg. 53) Jack wants to be rescued, yet he needs to prove that he is strong enough to take a life. Later on, Jack cares not if he if he will be rescued and more of being a leader of a primal group. The boys wish to get off the island, but they are attracted to its unrighteous opportunities. …show more content…

“Bollocks to the rules. We’re strong-we hunt!” (pg. 91)Jack cries this out after having enough of Ralph’s reprimanding. The boys natural evil instincts start to appear the longer they remain on the island instead of their old home. They begin to care less of each other as if they only care of their personal best. The longer they stay from the rightness of society, the more they delve into chaos and evil. Nonetheless, some of the boys are naturally good. A exceptionally good example of a naturally good character would be Simon. “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.” (pg. 56)Simon continuously showed compassion and care for the other boys such as Piggy and the littluns. He assists Ralph in building the huts and watches the littluns when he no one else

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