Good versus Evil in William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies"

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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 only boy that does not turn into a savage at some point during the time the boys were marooned on the island. Simon treats the littluns better than any of the other boys on the island, many of the boys enjoy picking on the younger boys because there was no adult to reprimand them when they did, Simon however, did the right thing and attempted to lo...
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