Essay about Lord of the Flies: Evil

1010 Words Sep 18th, 2013 5 Pages
The Power of Evil Evil: A noun meaning profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity. Everyone has a little bit of evil in them, but it’s up to that person if they want to show it or not. In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a group of boys show the evil within themselves while being stranded on an island. Because of the situation that has been thrust upon them, they soon discover the true evil they are capable of. In the book, the boys show evil through their lust for power, the behavior that the boys express, and their murderous actions. When the boys first arrive on the island, they are all nothing but British school boys who had lived in society where rules and regulations are established. The rules and regulations, …show more content…
Golding shows this when Jack tells Piggy, “Shut up, Fatty” (Golding 21). When Jack calls Piggy “fatty” it shows that Jack has no respect for Piggy and he doesn’t care about his feelings. Also, another example of disrespect is when Samneric betrayed Ralph. At first, Samneric are loyal to Ralph because they felt secure. In the last chapter however, as soon as Jack threatens and tortures the two, they change sides and submit to Jack’s authority and join his tribe. After they were forced to join Jack’s tribe, they betrayed Ralph by telling Jack where he was hiding, “He meant he’d hide in there?” “Yes-yes-oh-!” (Golding 192). This is what leads to Samneric selling out Ralph. Last but not least, in Lord of the Flies, murderous actions took place in the story that reveals humans are in fact inherently evil. Simon and Piggy’s death are both pivotal points in the novel. Simon, who is the passive and timid type, awoke to a parachutist in front of him. After seeing this, he then realize that the beast, which the boys have mistaken for, is a harmless object and is not the deadly beast. Soon after, Simon gets killed when he tries to tell the other boys that the “beast” is just only a parachutist. In an attempt to inform the boys, Simon finds them having a feast. The boys are dancing and chanting, caught up some kind of frenzy. The group of boys did another reenactment of a pig hunt when suddenly the boys see a shadowy figure