Lord of the Flies Essay

1055 Words May 14th, 2013 5 Pages
The Evil Within

Children are traditionally portrayed as innocent and pure. However, in the novel Lord of the Flies, the boys stranded on the island turn from a group of proper, English school boys to uncivilized savages. Adults place a nonexistent innocence on children; all humans are born with evil tendencies. Throughout the novel, William Golding reveals that not even children are purely innocent. William Golding reveals this through the controllability and power that fear has over humans, the lust for violence that humans are born with and the natural desire for power that humans have. First of all, Golding demonstrates that adults place a nonexistent innocence on children through the controllability and power that fear has
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Ralph’s fear of the beast gets him so carried away that he is not thinking anymore. Ralph starts believing that Robert is the boar, he can no longer see that it is Robert who he is hurting. Secondly, Golding demonstrates that adults place a nonexistent innocence on children through the lust for violence that humans have. Every human being is capable of hurting and killing. Violence is a natural impulse that all humans are born with. Golding demonstrates this in Lord of the Flies through Jack and Ralph’s characters. This is demonstrated through Jack’s character because his first instinct is to kill the pig. He does not think through the killing of the pig, he automatically pulls out his knife and is ready to kill because of the violent impulse within him. “... Jack drew his knife again with flourish. He raised his arm in the air. There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm. The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be” (Golding 28).
This shows the lust for violence that Jack has because although he is not successful at killing the pig, his first instinct is to pull his knife out and stab it. Golding also demonstrates this through Ralph’s character. When Ralph first hurts the boar, he feels his first thirst of

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