Essay on Good Vs Evil : ' Lord Of The Flies '

1143 Words Oct 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Good vs Evil; A Psychological Allegory? Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is a compelling and interesting novel that has changed the name of literature and captured every reader into a trance of wonder and awe. Lord of the Flies is interpreted many different ways depending on how the reader sees it. But who actually knows what the author was thinking when he wrote Lord of the Flies? Golding makes good vs evil extremely prominent in Lord of the Flies. Throughout the novel we see many internal and external struggles depicted between characters, symbols, and allegories, and many of these struggles are represented on a psychological level. The struggle of good vs. evil in Lord of the Flies represents a psychological change in the boys while they’re on the island. Ralph and Jack is the first example of the presence of good vs evil on the island. In the beginning of the book, Jack says “I ought to be chief, because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp” (15). Even before we get to know the other characters, Jack arrogantly states to the boys (mainly Ralph) that he should be chief because he’s the best. This foreshadows how Jack will ultimately take over because he wasn’t elected the first time. Also, later in the book Jack says to the boys, “He’s not a hunter. He’s never have got us meat. He isn’t perfect and we don’t know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing” (112). As Jack is talking about Ralph to the other boys…

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