Lord Of The Flies : Good Vs. Evil Essay

1101 Words Oct 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Good vs. Evil in Lord of the Flies
Does evil always prevail? Some say yes, some say no, but no was nearly the case in William Golding Lord of the Flies. “Good” and “evil” are very broad terms, but easily distinguishable in general. Good can be nearly anything with a positive connotation, but in the case of Lord of the Flies, it typically is anything that sticks to typical morals and values, whereas evil is immoral and barbaric acts that symbolize a regression to a primal nature. The conflict between this type of good and evil can be seen everywhere, religious texts, novels, nearly anything involving a protagonist against a person, force, or themselves. There are many symbols relating to morals or lack thereof, but Golding uses the most obvious choices to embody “good” and “evil” in a broad sense. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the two factions of boys to symbolize the classical fight of good versus evil.
Golding uses Jack’s faction of boys to symbolize evil throughout the story. Jack’s group do many heinous acts throughout the novel, from stealing to assault, but none tops when they murder, “…but when the hunters eventually seek human prey (Simon, Piggy, and finally Ralph) the conflict is between the savage and the civilized; blind emotion and prudent rationality; inhumanity and humanity; evil and good.” (Dickson). They not only murder Simon, but end up murdering Piggy as well. Even when Jack’s faction could be considered just him and the hunters, they didn’t…

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