What Is The Theme Of Evil In Lord Of The Flies

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Masked Evil Imagine a vacant island suddenly filled with many young boys all alone. They have just crash landed and no adults, including the pilot, survived. They have no way to communicate with the rest of the world, no way home, no supplies, and no survival skills. They all come together to get rescued and be taken home. Except they can not stay civilized while waiting for rescue. William Golding explores the importance of civilization and the dangers of evil in humanity in his novel, Lord of the Flies, to relate the themes to the main characters and symbols. Golding uses Simon, a character who is a little shy in the beginning, to depict a pure hearted boy who begins to show evil by the end of the novel. Simon always helped the littluns, who are a group of really young boys to young to take care of themselves. He would get them fruit, coconuts to drink from, and help to comfort them (56). Simon was the character that would do anything to help someone in need. When Ralph was building the shelters Simon was the only boy…show more content…
He becomes leader of the boys after the others vote for him. Ralph takes pride in his role as leader, builds shelters, gives the idea to build a signal fire on top of the mountain, and fabricates a set of rules to follow in attempt to keep the boys civilized. Ralph says, ‘“And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘hands up’ like at school’” (33). Throughout the novel Ralph misplaces parts of his own civilization. He begins to join Jack in hunting and acting up. They go out to look for the beast and end up hunting instead. Ralph attempts to spear a pig in the snout but it bounces off and the pig gets away. After seeing the pig escape, they get a littlun down in a ring of the boys and pretend to spear him as though he is the pig. Once Ralph as leader begins to slack off the rules, the other boys start to turn savage and act
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