Evil in Humanity in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of young boys from England are evacuated out of their country due to a war. The plane is then shot down and results into a plane crash on a deserted island. The boys are left all alone with no adults, no supplies, and no one to come and rescue them. They are all on their own and have to establish a new “society”. The boys have to choose someone to govern them and that person ends up being Ralph, who had an internal struggle between what is right and wrong closer to the end of the novel. The boys turn into savages, killing each other, and showing their evil inside each of them. According to, William Golding man is inherently evil, evil is in all of us, but it is oppressed by…show more content…
The imprudent control used by all the boys in the novel shows how there is inherently evil in all of man, just shown by how the boys treat one another. William Golding believes that evil comes from within you and is apart of you, but is suppressed by society. When the Beast or the Lord of the Flies gets into Simon’s head, it says, “ I am part of you” (142). The evil from the beast is speaking to Simon’s heart and mind. Simon’s conscience is speaking to and the evil is trying to turn him into a sadistic aggressive boy just like Jack. It was not society who tried to turn Simon evil, it was the beast who tried to get into Simon’s mind to make him become a savage. Evil is inside everyone yet it is through society, that evil is shown. Evil can also come from an uncontrolled civilization, just like what the boys had on the island. ‘The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible”(147) here Simon is able to see what the others could not see in the dark. He saw the truth of the Lord of the Flies, but he wants to share all this information with the boys that the evil is inside of them. The other boys on the other hand can not see through the dark, which causes Simon’s tragic death. Henery, even being a very young kid compared to the others seems to enjoy and excites him as well by controlling and ‘playing’ with living creatures and “"He poked about with a bit of stick . . . and tried to control the motions of the scavengers. He
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