Good versus Evil in William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies" Essay
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In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a young group of boys crash on an uncharted island. In the beginning the boys are excited to be alone, unsupervised by adults. But as the novel progresses, the boys begin to show their true nature. Through the boys, Golding attempts to expose the true nature of humankind, the good, the evil, and the in between. Simon represents the rare, truly good people in the world, the ones that do not do what they do to look good in another’s eyes, or because that is what is expected of them. Simon was alone on the island, one such time Golding says, “He looked over his shoulder . . . and glanced swiftly around to confirm that he was utterly alone” (56). In this instance, he is literally alone, but he is the…show more content…
In the beginning, when order still reigns on the island, Jack seems to be the good English schoolboy. Although upset that he is not elected as chief on the island, he and Ralph soon become friends, while he and the other choir boys are given responsibility to keep the fire going and hunt, and doing this keeps Jack pleased, for a while. However, as time progresses and Jack becomes more and more obsessed with hunting, his savage nature begins to show through the civilized side. His chants of, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” represent his, and many of the other boys, desire, almost need to kill (Golding 114). Soon, Jack completely turns his back Ralph; running off with many other boys to the other, more savage, side of the island. Here, the boys hunt constantly, covered with war paint and carry spears, a bona fide savage. The lure of meat and fun soon bring the rest of the boy to Jack’s side of the island, it is here where the boys, including Ralph, participate in the murder of Simon. As the time progresses and Jack becomes more and more savage, his more violent nature comes out. Before the boys are rescued, Jack has already committed two murders, Simon and Piggy, and attempts to kill Ralph. Ralph is like neither of the others. Ralph represents the civilized side of human nature. Soon after the boys arrival on the island Ralph is elected as chief of the boys. Ralph believes that instead of playing on the island the first
Themes In "Lord Of The Flies" : Good Vs. Evil Are People Generally Good Or Generally Evil?
There are various outlooks of a man in the novel ?Lord of the Flies.? Piggy and Ralph viewed man as being essentially good and that evil happens because something was wrong with people. Jack used power over others and believed that forces more powerful than him must be appeased through ceremony and sacrifice. Simon believed that both good and evil lay within each person. William Golding?s point of view is also represented by one of the characters.
Piggy and Ralph believed that man was essentially good and when something was wrong with a person, evil arose. They emphasized in law and order from the day of the arrival on the island. One night Ralph and Piggy went to Castle Rock to regain order but Jack?s refused Ralph?s status of chief. Ralph and Piggy also believed that they could use the conch on Jack?s side of the island but Jack did not agree. ??the conch doesn?t count at this end of the island??(Page 166). Piggy and Ralph believed that the conch and Ralph?s status would work everywhere because they still believed in law and order. In one incident Jack Roger and the Maurice went to the shelters where Samneric, Ralph, Piggy and the littluns were sleeping. That night the three men arrived at the shelters and stole Piggy?s glasses after a fight. Ralph and Piggy were furious and all Piggy wanted to do was reclaim his glasses, ?I just take the conch to say this. I can?t see no more and I got to get my glasses back. Awful things has been done on this island??(Page 188) ??what?s right is right. Give me my glasses, I?m going to say ? you got to!? (Page 190). Piggy and Ralph believed that Jack would return the glasses because stealing was wrong, therefore Jack had to. Ralph and Piggy believed that if Jack had wanted fire all he had to do was asked them for it. The two did not know that the glasses were stolen as a representation for power over Piggy and Ralph. Without the glasses Piggy is vulnerable and weak. Furthermore Piggy and Ralph had lost their means of comfort, warmth and rescue. Towards the end of the novel after Piggy?s death, Samneric warned Ralph about Jack?s plan to hunt him. The twins also told Ralph that Roger was going to sharpen a stick at both ends. Ralph did not understand this. Ralph was going to be sacrificed like the sow.
Jack used power over others. During the first meeting on the island Ralph appointed Jack and his choir to be hunters because he sensed Jack?s need for control. During the beginning of the book Jack understood fear after he experienced the feeling of being watched and...
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