Golding Puts Forth The Idea That Man Is Inherently Essay

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Golding Puts Forth The Idea That Man Is Inherently Evil

The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding used a group of British boys beached on a
deserted island to illustrate the malicious nature in mankind. Lord of the Flies dealt
with the changes the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the secluded freedom from
their society. William Golding's basic philosophy that society was inherently evil could
be espied in such instances as the death of Simon, the beast within the boys, and the way
Ralph was fervently hunted.


Through the story Simon acted as the Christ Figure. The death of Simon symbolized the loss
of religious reasoning. As the boys killed Simon they had let out their savage urges and
acted in a cannibalistic manor. Even after the death of Simon Jack and his tribe did not
feel any penitence to what they had done, killing to them had become second nature.The
circle became a horseshoe. A thing was crawling out of the forest. It came darkly,
uncertainly. The shrill screaming that rose before the beast was like a pain. The beast
stumbled into the horseshoe."Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" (Golding
141).In this quote a figure had crawled out of the forest and the ring had opened to let
it inside. Mistaken as the beast by the Jack's tribe, Simon was beaten to death. After the
group disbanded for shelter from the storm. The storm subsided and the tides moved in and
out, Simon's body was washed to sea. Here because of the storm, the darkness and fear the
boys became hysterical. They acted savagely not knowing what they were doing. The boys did
not take a second look to what their actions were. They had let their malicious urges
control them. He cam-disguised. He may come again even though we gave him the head of our
kill to eat. So watch; and be careful (Golding 148). Here Jack is warning his tribe about
the beast. Not caring or taking any notice to what had taken place with Simon. Jack or his
tribe does not feel any remorse for the murder they had committed, whether they realized
that or not. To Jack and his tribe what they had done was a pretentious accomplishment. A
death could go by their eyes blindly.


One example in the book referring to William Goldong's view to society was the beast. The
beast which lied within the boys, represented the evil which dwelled inside humanity.
William Golding believed that savagery was always in mankind, but need the proper
situation tocome out and cause a transformation of even the most innocent of us. For the
boys the fear of the unknown on the island caused the terror of the beast. That fear was
allowed to grow because they could not fully accept the notion of a beast, nor could they
let go of it. Their attempts to resolve their fears were too feeble to convince
themselves. Soon the boys had whipped themselves into hysteria. He raised his arm in the
air. There came a pause, a hatitus, 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 enough for
them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be. Then the piglet tore
loose of the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth. They were left looking at each
other and the place of terror. (Golding 27) In this quote Jack was hesitant to kill the
pig, and what other boy would not have been? This showed how when the boys had just landed
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