Essay on Good vs. Evil in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies: Good vs. Evil
Knowing William Golding took part of World War II, we as readers can understand why Golding wrote Lord of the Flies and other survival-fiction novels. When the story was released in 1954, Golding described his book as "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature." It is unmistakably obvious to anyone who reads this book that Golding is trying to exaggerate the good and evil in the boys on the island. Throughout the book, we learn that people, including children, are not pure goodness. Deep inside there is an evil constantly trying to rise to the surface of our minds. Golding proves that eventually the evil within us will destroy us. Golding saw in World War II what evils humans can do and illustrates that throughout the book.
Golding embeds allusions and imagery to give characterization to major characters, Ralph and Jack, within the first few chapters to expo good and evil. The first characters introduced in the story is Ralph and Piggy. Taking control of the group,we can determine that Ralph is smart and cultured. He has the asset of his superior height, strength, and beauty, originating him as the leader of the boys. If there is a disagreement, he is calm and rational and usually fixed the problem. Although he is excited no adults are around, he soon weeps due to loss of humanity. He has a mild expression that renders him “no devil.” Ralph therefore embodies “good.” Piggy is the intellectual…