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Mankind: Naturally Good or Evil?

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Let us face it, mankind admires violence. It may not be moral, but it is entertaining. For example, fighting is prohibited, but wrestling is just a popular pastime. As a result of loving unreasonable habits such as violence, one might wonder if the nature of mankind is naturally evil or good, but they do not know what to do without adults. Mankind is born naturally evil, however, your surroundings can determine whether or not you stay that way.
In regards to this, William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is a story is told about many guilty boys, however, the boys are very young. In so, many wonder if the boys are naturally evil or good and they do not know what to do without adults. As Simon said in Lord of The Flies, “Maybe," he said hesitantly, "maybe there is a beast." [...] "What I mean is, maybe it's only us.” (Golding 89). In Lord of the Flies, the boys are afraid of an imaginary figure called “the beastie”. In the novel, there really is no beastie, but the idea of the beastie represents fear and evil. This quote means that there is nothing for the boys to fear but themselves. So, in a sense, the boys are “the beast”. Piggy exclaims his fear of Jack to Ralph by stating, “I'm scared of him, and that's why I know him. If you're scared of someone you hate him but you can't stop thinking about him. You kid yourself he's all right really, an' then when you see him again; it's like asthma an' you can't breathe.” (Golding 93). Jack bullies Piggy endlessly throughout the novel, but one would wonder why someone would do such a thing. Obviously, Piggy is really upset. It is believed that Jack bullies Piggy because Piggy found the conch shell, which gives Ralph and Piggy more power than Jack. Jack feels that he has to have lea...

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...one begins their life in an evil phase, but adults and surroundings shape your personality in the end. Mankind is born evil because violence, greed and power are favored. However, you can change depending on your surroundings and others who help shape who you are. The purpose of Lord of the Flies is not just for entertainment, but it is also a way that Golding chooses to show to us that mankind is born naturally evil, but our surroundings and peers help to shape who our personalities.

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