The Morality Of Evil In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding illustrates in Lord of the Flies that humanity needs to have the boundaries of society and civilization to prevent the evil inside us from surfacing. Despite laws and order, humans still have the capacity to exemplify evil. Golding 's experiences as a school teacher, and in the war helped him shape Lord of the Flies. In this novel, Ralph has the ongoing struggle of attempting to enforce rules and build a civilized community. He ultimately fails miserably and everyone, including himself, becomes taken over by their inner savage. William Golding took his own experiences in order to create the novel Lord of the Flies. During Golding’s time as a teacher, he observed how the students behaved under the “protection of parents and school and policemen and the law”(4.79) and used this as "the taboo of the old life"(4.79) that initially stuck with the kids before being slowly erased from their minds. The memory of their former world is heavily engraved in the kid 's minds as they attempt to create a civilized society. The boys have assemblies, where they discuss how they’ve “got to have rules”(2.55) because they 're "not savages” (2.55) and how they need to “make a fire”(2.49) so they can be rescued. Jack tries to hunt, but he is unable to kill the pig because the idea of ending a life was frightening and new to him. The laws of their past are currently controlling their actions and they are behaving as innocent British boys. As the book progresses, the boys begin to
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