Comparison Of Lord Of The Flies, The Lottery, The Essay

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Comparison Of Lord Of The Flies, The Lottery, The White Circle and The Vigilante

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, "The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson, "The White
Circle", by John Bell Clayton and "The Vigilante" by John Steinbeck all share the theme of
mans inherent evil. Lord of the Flies takes place on an island in the Pacific ocean during
an atomic war, and there is no adult supervision. "The Lottery" takes place in a small
farming community in the present day. "The White Circle" is set in the turn of the century
Virginia on a Large farm. "The Vigilante" takes place down south in a town with strong
racist beliefs. Jack from Lord of the Flies is an insecure boy who leads a group of
savages through injustice and violence. The Townspeople in "The Lottery" are focused as a
group to keep up the traditions of their town, that include an annual stoning of a random
person(Tess). Tucker, a normal boy in "The White Circle" is driven into violence after
consistent torment from his neighbor Anvil. Mike in "The Vigilante" is a mild mannered
southern white with racist beliefs that are carried out on a black man. Ralph who is
against Jack in Lord of the Flies is being over-run by Jacks violence and bloodlust, until
an officer rescues the group to find out that the boys aren't playing and have reached the
end of their innocence. The towns people gather annually to choose through a lottery the
victim of a violent stoning for the harvest, when a prominent citizen Tess is chosen she
tries to over turn the verdict, she is killed. Tucker is the son of a wealthy farmer and
is under constant torment by his neighbor Anvil, he cracks and attempts to kill Anvil in a
brutal attack with hay forks, Anvil avoids death and realizes Tuckers deep rooted evil.
Mike along with the men of his village decide to take the law into their own hands against
a black man, they beat and kill him then hang him from a tree. Mike realizes later how
satisfied he is from this act. These violent plots all have a very important


effect on the theme of these four stories. The four stories illustrate mans inherent evil
through characters, setting and actions.

The characters Jack of Lord of the Flies, the Townspeople in "The Lottery", Tucker from
"The White Circle", and Mike from "The Vigilante" show the inherent evil of man when they
commit vicious actions against others out of impulse or tradition. For instance when Jack
kills Simon in a spontaneous rage for mistaking him for the beast who is a concoction of
the boys imagination ("Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood" P.138).In
particular the evil of the character is also present in the towns people when they
brutally stone Tess out of tradition. (" ‘It isn't fair' she said. A stone hit her on
the side of the head."P.301). To further illustrate the characters evil Tucker shows his
transition into a dangerous killer after constant torment. ("I was lying there with a
towering homicidal detestation, planning to kill Anvil."P.34). Also when Mike lynches the
black man he is now getting a positive feeling from his crime. ("Makes you feel kind of
cut off and tired, but kind of satisfied too"P.140). The inherent evil of man and society
portrayed through the characters are present in these examples and shows how evil isn't
always visible.

The setting influences the inherent evil of man because it set the mood for the characters
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