Evil Entrap Everyone: Lord of the Flies

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Evil Entraps Everyone

America is organized, technologically advanced, and easily accessible; Imagine a scenario in which our society vanished out of thin air, leaving humans with only our natural instincts and nature? A similar fictious event occurred at an unknown location on an island, isolating young boys Ralph, Piggy, Jack and many other children in the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. Lastly, the boys innocence is turned to savagery when being alone on the island corrupts them and shows how truly evil man is when society cannot keep him in line. Golding is trying to say that man is evil and he proves it to us, showing us little boys on an island and how out of hand man can become.

It is generally said that people are inherently evil and that there is evil in all of us. In, “Lord of the Flies” Golding strongly confirms this theory. From the start, Jack begins to manipulate the choir to become more violent. Jack threatens that he’ll “split up the choir-my hunters thats it,” (Golding 42). In this quote, Jack attempts to make the choir boy appear more deadly by referring to them as hunters. Second, Jack begins to exercise his desire for control by disobeying the rules set by Ralph. Jack speaks out “bollocks to the rules! We're strong-we hunt.....we...we’ll close in and beat and beat and beat,” (Golding 91). Jack is once again expressing his desire for anarchy, and hatred of society and rules. This quote is meaningful because Jack begins to demonstrate excessive control over the boys when they brutally beat Wilfred. Ralph begins to become brainwashed when he finds no trouble in assisting Jack in “[beating] Wilfred... He didn't say what for. Jack got angry and made us tie him up,” (golding 176). This quote shows ho...

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...ction reinforces the theme, mans inevitable capacity for evil, regardless of who.

Overall, evil does exist in all of us in different doses. Some people may express evil more openly than others, such as Jack, and others may keep their evil under lock and key, such as Ralph. Both characters are very young but have an evil capacity equal to that of a fully grown adult, maiming and killing their peers. Their adult counterparts just express their evil on a larger, global scale like the war that was in full swing during their stay on the island. Golding does a great job of making you compare the children on the island to the adults fighting a war and the adults intense influence on the children making it look ok to maim and kill their fellow peers for simple differences. Finally, evil is both inherently developed and also developed from influences around the subject.
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