Lord Of The Flies Conscience Analysis

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Conscience, in definition, is the consciousness of moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good. The boys in the book are alone on an inhabited island where together they establish positions and priorities which soon become neglected. Scattered throughout William Golding’s Lord of the Flies there are many instances which highlight the contagion of evil in the neglect of having a conscience. All this happens because of how the author views the relationship of evil to humans. He suggests that humans’ relationship with evil is like that of gravity between the earth and its subjects. In the way that they are struggling constantly with gravity as it pulls everyone towards it. Through a mask, a boy, and a pig Golding imposes that when losing consciousness, and verging towards savagery the "civilized" will attract towards evil on their own terms.
The term ‘mask’ bonds itself directly to one of the boys, Jack, who appears even early on in the book as an authoritatively hungry, irrational figure. Even though it is Ralph who attains the position of Chief, Jack never puts down his wall of pride or superiority when facing him. He does however show opposition and struggle with this lack of power, to the point where he brings it upon himself to rebel …show more content…

It is the pig's head that speaks to Simon right after he witnesses the hunt of Jack's hunters. It declares this “ ‘Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!’...‘You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?’ ” (158). This revelation made by the author confirms that the true beast, the evil, is a component found in humans. It is not something that can be slayed, instead it is an invisible force in which all people are part of, or have in

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