Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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Golding uses the characterization of the boys to show how destructive and capable of damage the boys could be. At the heart of civilization lurks a persistent savagery and that men once stripped of the veneer of adulthood, quickly revert to being malicious boys who kill for sport (Violence in William Golding 's Lord of the Flies). Jack undeniably is the representation of evil and violence-the dark side of human nature in The Lord of the Flies. From the moment he arrives on the island it is evident that jack possess a sense of superiority, “the boy came close and peered down at ralph, screwing up his face as he did so. What he saw of the fair-haired boy with the creamy shell on his knees did not seem to satisfy him” (Lord of the Flies pg. 20). Out of all of the boys, Jack is the only one on the island to having brought a weapon, pocket knife, with him. Though this isn’t uncommon for boys back then, this was a separating factor between jack and the other boys. When jack is first faced with the opportunity to show his dominance he falters. He doesn’t follow through with this first kill “because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood (Lord of the Flies pg. 31).” Jack knew what it meant to end a life, however after this failure to take this one life jack becomes obsessed with killing. At the end of the book Jack has gone past the point of no return. He’s become so violent, so obsessed with showing dominance over…

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