Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies

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In William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”, the novel simulates aspects of raw human nature. One part of this human nature is the division between good and evil, and how it plays a role in the personality of a human. This idea, develops a concept throughout the story. It is that in every person, there is a level of evil and savagery, this cannot be manipulated, but the level of which one displays it can. It develops personality, some people will tend to hold in their anger or distaste, and others will let it loose, altering the personality among people. In “Lord of the Flies”, this level of evil that is shown, varies in each character among the island. Even in the kindest of boys among the Island, all of them display some form of savagery. After the boys had hunted down a pig, they got in a chaotic circle chanting “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" (114). These energetic, savage, and chaotic dances would carry away even the most innocent boys. Even Ralph thought that “the desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (115). Ralph, among the most reasonable and helping of the group, was carried away by the thrill of hurting and killing. This represented his barbaric side, the side that existed in all of the boys, even though at times it may seem not present. This shows that people in their everyday personality show the amount of evilness they wish, and it alters the perception people will have on someone. But in “Lord of the Flies”, this raw human

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