Nietzsche Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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Chloe Wikstrom
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“The Inevitably of Evil”

“Man is the cruelest animal.” These words spoken by Friedrich Nietzsche relate to the moral of the book, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In Lord of the Flies Golding shows that evil resides in everyone and everywhere. The work of humankind lies not in the futile idea of destroying evil, but in the struggle to keep it from becoming a powerful force in our daily lives. William Golding illustrates that within each person there is a struggle between right and wrong. At first, the boys listen to their consciences and act according to the moral code they were taught during their childhood and life at home. As time goes by, the boys indulge themselves in barbaric ways and let …show more content…

The boys are enthralled after a vigorous hunt for the pig, and want to reenact it between themselves. They chanted "'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'" (74). While doing this they chased Robert around with spears, nearly killing him when it all started as just a game for fun. This act, combined with Ralph's observations when finally faced with the pig itself: "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering" (76). Represent how the lust to kill and hurt is slowly becoming more and more about of the boys. Golding uses this example to foreshadow the outcome of evil and cruel death that occurs in the latter half of the …show more content…

As Piggy is killed, the conch is also destroyed, diminishing all hope for good on the island. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee: the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went."(181). This quote is very important as it represents the death and destruction of Piggy, the voice of reason throughout the book, and the conch that held the idea of order and respect among the boys. Ralph is struck with sadness by the death of his friend because Piggy represented the last of the good that was left on the island. "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy" (202). With his death there was nothing left but the malevolent acts of

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