The Prominence of Evil in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

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In the dictionary, the definition of evil is morally wrong or bad; malicious. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, exemplifies how everyone in society is more evil than good and how it can get the best of all. The book actively traces the problems of society back to human nature and savagery that lies within the human race. Golding shows how the lacking parental control & no rules, is the downfall of their humanity in as much as they lose the characteristics society and civilization gives them. Golding’s argument is that human nature can be very brutal, and he depicts it with his novel, showing the savage behaviors of children, killing each other for their own benefits in the end out of selfishness. Olsen states in her article, “Savages are not immoral but amoral; they are not bad merely because they do not know what it is to be good; for it is neither the development of understanding, nor the restraint of law that hinders them from doing ill; but the peacefulness of their passions, and their ignorance of vice.’” (Olsen 29)
Everyone has a natural state of savage in their bodies, just we are more evil then we are good; Golding states in Olsen’s article, “man is born to sin. Set him free, and he will be a sinner…’” (Olsen 2), meaning that we are more liable to be evil than good. It’s just the way society and culture has been placed on all of us. William Golding expresses men’s wickedness throughout the novel, but more with Jack and Roger. As proof between savage and

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