Mankind In Lord Of The Flies

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Annie Lennox once said, “Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion.” This quote explains that humankind is capable of dark and evil thinks, like savagery and brutality, and this relates to, The Lord of the Flies. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is about a group of British schoolboys, under the age of 12, who crash land on an uninhabited island in the pacific. Later in the novel, the group of boys start breaking apart as most of them start becoming savages and this shows that Golding’s belief that every human being has evil deep inside of them, waiting to come out, is true. In, The Lord of the Flies, Castle Rock and the weather on the island are presented …show more content…
The weather on the island represents pure evil and Golding uses it to portray that everyone has evil deep inside of them by displaying it as something dark, great, and dangerous, like the boys. This is shown while Jack and his tribe believe they are killing the beast, “[...] under the threat of the sky [...] The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar. An instant later the noise was on them like the blow of a gigantic whip. The chant rose a tone in agony [...] Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent, blind” (Golding, 152). This quote means that the weather has negatively and drastically changed throughout the progression of the novel; along with most of the boys. With including the murder of the beast (Simon), Golding shows that this was the moment in which the boys lost the last bit of innocence left in them. The weather on the island goes hand-in-hand with what “The Lord of the Flies” represents because both represent something dark, great, evil, and dangerous; which the boys are also starting to become. The boys, weather, and “The Lord of the Flies” all represent the same thing; which is pure evil.

The main theme of, The Lord of the Flies, is that savagery inherent in us and is always within us. This is explained by Golding things/places like Castle Rock and the weather on the island. These things/places represent evil and they, also, bring out the evil in each and every one of the boys. William James once said, “We are all ready to be savage in some cause, The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the

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