Inate Evil to Kill a Mocking Bird and Lord of the Flies Essay
877 WordsJan 16, 20064 Pages
The capacity for humans to do good and evil portrayed in the novels To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Lord of the Flies by William Golding (title subject to change)
It is generally known that human beings have the power and the means to help and love one another as well as the complete opposite in hatred and destruction. These two novels deal with the theme of good vs. evil in their own respective ways. One concentrates on the affect of discrimination and negligence and naivety that allows people to respond in ways that can be interpreted as being evil. Whereas the other focuses on the affect that isolation and deprivation can take toll on the very fragile psyches of children who are unfortunate to live a life set with no…show more content…
Humans naturally dominate other species to survive. There are many examples of characters in this book that resist controlling others and ask them to make choices on their own. For instance Ralph is frustrated by Jack's inability to help build the huts. Human nature develops because human beings have free will and get to choose whether their actions are good or evil. Sacrificial heroes are created as a result of people choosing good actions against the greater evil. Simon is a sacrificial hero when he sacrifices himself to the group to tell them that the Beast was only the dead parachutist. Another example of self sacrifice for the greater good is seen when Simon gives Piggy his food, "Simon shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it."
Lord of the Flies' portrayal of good vs. evil can distinctly be seen in the characters of Ralph and Jack. They share personal traits that perfectly clash to create this ultimate sense of rivalry. One a megalomaniac "hell bent" on antagonism. Ralph is the complete antithesis of Jack, the charismatic hero who is determined to restore the children to order and to return to civilisation. Ralph however is the one who identifies with the seductive power of barbarism and savagery away from the strict and bound laws of adult society. Ralph flirts with the idea of joining Jack's tribe in order to save him self. When Ralph hunts a boar for the first time, however,