This just shows how Rousseau's ideas show how only after a lot of experiences of negative encounters turn him evil. Even in his writings Rousseau goes as far to explain how man through their actions ends up destroying all things and is turned sour due to these experiences saying “God makes all things good; man meddles”(Document 3: Jean Jacques Rousseau “
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 book I am doing my report on is Lord of the flies, by William Golding and published by Perigee. This book shows the clash between the human drive towards brutality and the opposite, civilization. All around the novel, the clash is performed by the problem between Ralph and Jack, who individually speak to civilization and viciousness. The varying belief systems are communicated by every kid's different state of mind towards power. I feel that Lord of the Flies is a good book because it reveals to you that every man has the ability to be vicious, that evil is just controlled by the guidelines of society, and that once there are no rules the evil comes free and individuals get to be savages and can turn on their best friends.
Golding uses Ralph to symbolize the good nature in man; Consequently, Golding uses Jack to symbolize the evil nature in man. Ralph is a civilized kid who battles evil, eventually surrendering to it. Jack is an angry kid, who influences the kids on the island to be savages. The kids eventually do become savages and murder Simon. At the end of the novel, they all leave the island and the impact of the evil nature of man is seen.
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.”
Through these three very important symbols in the novel Golding shows his beliefs of how one is innately evil. Using the beast, to show the evil within the boys on how it browns stronger throughout the novel. The clothing that shows us the progression of evil throughout each boy. Last, the conch that shows without a source of civilization a man’s evil can run free and take over almost anyone who is not strong enough to fight their inner evil. These symbols symbolize how when boys of all different classes high class to low class can all eventually succumb to their deepest level of evil just by being away from a civilized atmosphere for a certain amount of time.
Hence, both Ralph and Simon represent how even the seemingly innocent can have evil thoughts and instincts. In summary, the plot, use of symbolism, and feelings of the characters illustrate the true, evil nature of man in the compelling novel Lord of the Flies. It is clear that in everything the boys on the island do, the “Id” part of their conscience takes over, since they often act on impulse, lacking a sense of morals. Since these impulsive actions are quite heartless and barbarous, the boys show how all humans, even children, are evil at heart. It is how one chooses to deal with this evil that determines their character.
This experience allowed for him to see how man and nature were corrupt (“Lord of the Flies,” 1). He also found that man has evilness developed within him, it takes the stripping of societal rules and order for this demon to be let out. This is found deeply within the novel, as the boys are stranded on this beautiful deadly island, where they revert to the animal ways that society hid. The main theme of Lord of the Flies is every man possesses an inner darkness that crosses the line between civilization and savagery, but covers it with society’s rules and order. Symbolism greater emphasizes the theme throughout the novel.
The novel shows the reader how easy it is to revert back to the evil nature inherent in man. If a group of well-conditioned school boys can ultimately wind up committing various extreme travesties, one can imagine what adults, leaders of society, are capable of doing under the pressures of trying to maintain world relations. Lord of the Flies' apprehension of evil is such that it touches the nerve of contemporary horror as no English novel of its time has done; it takes us, through symbolism, into a world of active, proliferating evil which is seen, one feels, as the natural condition of man and which is bound to remind the reader of the vilest manifestations of Nazi regression (Riley 1: 120). In the novel, Simon is a peaceful lad who tries to show the boys that there is no monster on the island except the fears that the boys have.
But since Jack was given the role of the id, he had to be evil and teach the boys what it is like to be evil and do evil thing. This is Golding’s was of saying that every human has some evil inside of them and there’s no one without evil. Almost all of the characters show some sign of evil inside of them. Some examples are, (quotes) All of these examples show how Golding tried to express that all humans are born with some evil inside of them but society keeps them under control with laws. Lord of the Flies is a great lesson which shows many examples of life changing events and lessons that can help people in their own lives.