Essay on Evil in Humans by Choice

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One of the most influential women in world history, Eleanor Roosevelt, said, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”. This is just one of the many examples of how human nature has been explored by so many different people. Each and every human is born with the capability to make their own choices. The decisions that they will make in the future will determine how they are viewed by others. Although one’s nature and how one is nurtured do affect one’s life, it is one’s own free will that determines whether or not they are evil.
Though nature and nurture had an effect on each witness in the Golding Trial, every action
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It is true that he was introduced to dog fighting because of where he grew up. However, not everyone in Newport News shot, strangled, drowned, electrocuted, or slammed dogs into the ground. These choices were made by Michael Vick. He was never taught to do such malicious things to those poor, helpless animals when they didn’t perform well. It was his personal choice.
The characters in The Lord of the Flies show that when two different people are faced with the same situation, they don’t necessarily react the same way. Take Simon and Roger for example. Both boys grew up in England in the same time period. Both boys were on the island at the same time, with the same other boys. Both boys saw two different styles of leadership in Ralph, a sensible democratic leader, and Jack, a vicious and uncontrollable leader. However, when faced with the opportunity to become evil, Simon and Roger reacted very differently. When Simon encounters the Lord of the Flies, he passes out. “’Why things are what they are?’…Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness” (Golding 143-144). This shows that when Simon has a direct encounter with evil, he is still able to make the choice not to be evil. The Lord of the Flies is the strongest, most powerful symbol of evil that is present in the novel. When Simon encounters this evil, he chooses not to accept it. Instead, he faints.
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