Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Hanna Newcomb5th HourThe Nature of ManIn the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Golding illustrates that man by nature is inherently evil.Throughout the book Jack becomes inherently evil. An example of inherit evil in Jack is how he uses the beast to manipulate the boys to listen and follow him. Jack knows that there's tons of fear towards the beast that has been spotted multiple times and he knows that everyone will do about anything to not come into contact with it. Jack uses the fear against the children, and says that "this is a hunter's job" (102). So Jack will lookout and protect them. Jack is using fear as a virtue and using the fear to become a more powerful leader, to jump ahead ...view middle of the document...

This shows that Jack is evil because he accused and killed innocent Simon, probably because he didn't want to believe that there was a greater force hunting them and putting them in danger. Throughout the evidence I gathered and the analyses that I wrote, it is apparent that throughout the novel, Jack becomes inheritably evil.Throughout the novel Ralph becomes inherently evil. The first example in which Ralph shows that he's become progressively evil is when he considers joining Jack's tribe in order to stay alive. Ralph started off a very intelligent, moral, optimistic boy. But he then slowly realized that he was just as savage as any of the other children on the island. Although Ralph seemed to be the most intelligent and civilized boy, he loses those traits when he realizes that he must give those up in order to stay alive, contributing to his realization of his savagery. Another example of Ralph becoming progressively evil is when Ralph hunts the pig and enjoys the feeling. In the beginning of the novel, Ralph explains that shelters and fire and the most important things that they must do and build in order to stay alive and hopefully be rescued. Ralph doesn't think that hunting is the most important thing and left that completely up to Jack and the choir boys. So basically, Ralph never bothered to hunt. When Ralph finally did hunt and kill a pig, he undergoes the thrill of killing another living being and didn't seem to mind the way it made him feel. This event shows that Ralph becomes inheritably evil because he would have probably never done this, if he had never went through the transformation of a moral, confident boy, to a desperate, savage boy. At last, Ralph shows that he becomes inheritably evil throughout the novel by participating in the slaughtering of Simon. Ralph decided to join Jack and the other boys at a gathering, which ultimately pushed him over the edge. He got totally swept up by the frenzy and let his inner savage shine through, making him participate in the killing of Simon. Although Ralph didn't actually kill Simon he didn't do anything to stop the other boys, making him just as evil as everyone else, including the people that actually injured and killed Simon. This shows an example of Ralph becoming evil...

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