Lord of the Flies- Evil

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Every human being is savage at heart, no matter how hard they try to oppress it. Evil is an instinct, a part of human kind, but what exactly is evil and what defines it? Mr. Golding believes that evil is intrinsic to human beings; he shows some examples of evil in the Lord of the Flies, in a form called bullying. Bullying increases the bully’s self-confidence, while it lowers the victim’s, in this case Jack harass Piggy to increase his self-assurance. Humans have two desires that conflict with each other: to live by civilization and to live by savagery. The civilized impulse we have is to live peacefully, morally, and by rules and laws. The savage characteristic we have is to act violently, using force to gain authority and power over …show more content…

savagery, is the substance that propels the novel forward, as so-called proper, domestic English boys, a suddenly placed in the middle of a wild jungle, this contrast causes the boys to turn feral, due to freedom and the lack of authority of the adult world. Mr. Golding uses Ralph to show the method of civilization, and Jack to show the method of savagery. Even though civilized and savage are areas on opposite ends of a stick, they run parallel to one another in certain aspects.

Today, when there is a lot of disagreement on what is evil, society assumes that evil is extrinsic, since it thinks of itself as civilized and refined, but under the right circumstances, survival and self-preservation take over to produces something vicious and feral. The concept of evil has less power than it used to. In fact, our modern society is so large and so diverse that you could probably engage in any deviant activity you wanted and still find a place in our society that would accept you. Evil exists in every human, no matter what you say. You just need something to bring it out. Bullying mainly causes more violence, but some have argued that bullying can teach life lessons, instill strength, how to manage disputes and boost their ability to interact with others. Piggy’s, even up to the moment of his death, perspective does not change, this is probably due to the fact that he has learnt to speak up for himself, as he has been Picked on by many boys. Golding

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