Lord of the Flies (Human Nature Essay)

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Human Nature in Lord of the Flies In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding is able to use his outstanding writing abilities utilizing metaphors, symbolism, and other literary devices to establish a hidden message throughout the novel. The hidden message that Golding builds on is that there is a natural evil inside every human being, which is suppressed in an organized society through laws, rules, and punishment. The young boys in the novel are on an island all by themselves. There is no punishment for their actions, therefore allowing that evil to come out of most of the boys. All humans have an innate evil within them and that evil is brought out when there is a lack of civilization and consequence as seen in Simon’s murder, …show more content…
After the death of Piggy, only Ralph was left from the original group. All the others deserted Ralph and joined the other tribe. Jack decides to send his tribe after Ralph to kill him. Prior to the attack, Ralph notices the change in the boys. “He had glimpsed one of them striped brown, black and red, he had judged that it was Bill. But really, thought Ralph, this was not Bill. This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt (203).” These young, polite, wonderful British boys had lost their original identity. This savagery and evil behavior increased as time went on and kept getting worse until murder became easy. “These painted savages would go further and further (204)”. Also, Jack symbolizes Satan. That is why when he becomes the ‘chief’, bad things begin to happen. Ralph on the other hand symbolizes God. He does the right thing no matter what temptation comes his way. It is clear from Simon’s murder, Jack and his tribe attacking Ralph, and Piggy’s murder that there is an innate evil within us, when left untamed, rises to the surface. This leads to evil acts, savagery, and murder. Will these boys be evil forever or will that evil be suppressed once again when they return to

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