When he tries to tell the others of this truth, however, he is killed, much like Christ was trying to bring salvation to the ignorant. Simon being there gives us hope; the truth is available to those who seek it. In the book, Jack and his hunters become so evil that they end up killing two boys while on the island. Man’s tendencies towards evil in The Lord of the Flies are also compared to the book of Genesis in the Bible. Nature, beauty, and childhood can all be corrupted by the darkness within humankind.
This is a pig’s head on a stick that is imagined to talk and represent the evil in all humans. Simon tries to act and spread the knowledge of this evil to others but is killed. This is a direct reference to the death of Christ, alluding to the Holy Bible. At many points throughout Lord of the Flies, Golding writes for the characters to become gradually more and more evil. This attribute even reaches the symbols of goodness and order, such as Ralph.
“ The ‘lord of the flies’ is a translation… (Beelzebub in Greek).... suggestive name for the Devil… he is devoted to decay, destruction… and panic” (Epstein 205). The devil is devoted to both destruction and panic; he symbolizes both evil and fear. Lord of the flies translates to a word meaning devil. For this reason, it can be concluded that the Lord of the Flies also symbolizes both evil and fear, in addition to being devoted to destruction and panic. Works Cited Golding, William.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies effectively provides numerous instances that highlights Hobbes’ viewpoint. Throughout the story, it becomes evident that the manner in which the boys increasingly lose their civility and degenerate into savages, how they end up doing anything either to survive or simply to acquire perverse enjoyment. Golding ably demonstrates the innate evil in human through religious allegories, involving events, characters, and settings clearly based on the Bible. Golding uses events that relates to several biblical characters’ actions in the novel. One such event employed by the author involves Ralph scolding Jack for allowing the rescue-fire die out, at which point Jack “noticed Ralph’s scarred nakedness .
Painting their faces gives the boys a new identity for their evil, they use these mask and expose the beast inside themselves. The symbols of the final fire, Castle Rock and the painted faces are all symbols of how underneath the thin veneer, all humans are beasts. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding explains how much evil one has inside of their own innocent and civilized nature. If one looks at their day to day actions they would see the little moments that show their inner evil shining through. Sometimes people make comments or do actions for selfish reasons, which are all part of the evil inside all humans.
The Lord of the Flies gives an accurate insight to the problems that we are faced with everyday like violence, greed, fear, and religious power and shows how civilization and savagery contrast because of this. It shows us no matter who we are evil lies within all of us. This is exemplified through the breaking of the conch, the Lord of the Flies (pigs head), and through Jack. This novel shows that even the most innocent of children can turn evil, everyone is capable. Friedrich Nietzsche once said ““Man is the cruelest animal.”
When Samneric tell Jack where Ralph is hiding, Roger threatens them: “I... ... middle of paper ... ... shows Jack's evil. Over the course of their time on the island, Jack's inherent evil becomes progressively more apparent. William Golding illustrates inherent evil in the human condition when outside forces are absent through the characters Roger, Ralph and Jack in his book, Lord Of The Flies. Roger shows evil by killing Piggy, his implied use of torture on Samneric and the intended beheading of Ralph. Ralph shows his evil by denying Simon's death, contributing to his death and taking pleasure in wounding the boar.
In the novel, the inherent evil in human beings is clearly evident. To emphasize humans to be inherently evil, Golding employs the ideas of symbolism, the death of Simon; a Christ like figure in the book, and control. The first way that Golding shows that humans have a capacity for evil, is using symbolism. The following quote illustrates the pig head of the Lord of the Flies who torments and teases Simon with the truth. The Lord of the Flies rhetorically asks Simon “You knew, didn’t you?
Therefore, society hasn?t conditioned them to be evil, but the evil resides within them naturally. This leads to the fact that a beast really does exist within all human beings, but is only expressed when human instinct for survival becomes the main objective. At first the boys aren?t able to kill, but as survival instinct starts taking over, the reader?s are able to se the true character?s play out, and lives are compromised. ?You feel as if you?re not hunting, but- being hunted, as if something?s behind you all the time in the jungle,? (pg.53) proves that it?s every man for himself and people will do anything to survive.
Buddha once said, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” This idea is demonstrated in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, as it depicts the message that man is naturally evil through various events in the plot, through its use of symbolism, and through the thoughts and actions of the characters. First off, the idea that man is evil by nature is illustrated through the events that take place during the plot. As they spend more time on the island, the boys begin to lose control of themselves, including their emotions, thoughts and actions. They start to realize that they can do whatever they want without dealing with any consequences, no matter how wrong or careless their actions may be. When Roger and Maurice pretend to throw rocks at the little children for their own sadistic pleasure, there are no adults to scold them, so they see no reason to stop.