The Human Tendency Towards War Exemplified in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

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Thomas Hobbes once said, “Hereby it is a manifest, that during the time man live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war . . .” (Hobbes 64). Thomas Hobbes, an enlightenment thinker, believes that humans are born evil, and without a good leader, everything will turn into chaos. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies rightly gives examples on Hobbes’ viewpoint. Throughout the story, it shows the process in which the boys slowly loses their civilized self and turn into savages, how the boys would do anything just for survival or just purely entertainment. William Golding shows the innate evilness within humans by employing religious allegory as by using events, characters, and settings that …show more content…
Thomas Hobbes once said, “Hereby it is a manifest, that during the time man live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war . . .” (Hobbes 64). Thomas Hobbes, an enlightenment thinker, believes that humans are born evil, and without a good leader, everything will turn into chaos. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies rightly gives examples on Hobbes’ viewpoint. Throughout the story, it shows the process in which the boys slowly loses their civilized self and turn into savages, how the boys would do anything just for survival or just purely entertainment. William Golding shows the innate evilness within humans by employing religious allegory as by using events, characters, and settings that relates to the Bible. Golding utilizes events that relates to biblical stories. When Ralph is scolding Jack for letting the fire go out, Jack “noticed Ralph’s scarred nakedness . . . His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing” (Golding 70). Nakedness is a symbol for innocence. In the Garden of Eden, the people are not aware of their nakedness until they have been corrupted by Satan. When Jack notices Ralph’s nakedness, it is clear that he has been corrupted. He is no longer as innocent as when he landed on the island. Furthermore, knowledge symbolizes the fruit of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, which corrupts

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