Evil Deep Essay

893 words - 4 pages

Evil can be found in anyone. However, it is not always noticeable. It has to be “exposed”. Corruption may be brought out by one’s own characteristics, by others with negative personas, or simply by one’s situation in life. An obvious way authors show this change in characters is by having their stories take place in isolated settings. But there are also less distinct ways this can be done. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “I Only Came to Use the Phone”, immature dispositions and the corruption of others both aid in emphasizing the inherent evil found in the main characters.
In both works, the main characters are described as “young”. The six to twelve-year-old boys in Lord of the Flies are definitely a different kind young from twenty-seven year old Maria de la Luz Cervantes, but they are similar in that they all show a specific trait of youth: immaturity. In Maria, this is seen through her short-sightedness. She does not seem to be devoted to anything or anyone (except her parents) at a time in life when most people are cementing their relationships and careers. After she deserts a fiancé and returns to her husband, he asks her how long she will stay with him. Maria responds by saying, “Love is eternal for as long as it lasts” (80). This can be interpreted as a cruel response from a deceitful woman who is taking advantage of “a man of irredeemable social awkwardness” (78), her husband, who she knows is meant to be a life partner. In other words, her short-sightedness makes her seem evil.
Golding’s boys are immature as well; however it is natural at their point in life. Children simply have different priorities than adults. The boys are not as short-sighted as Maria but instead lose sight of their goals. Their main goal is to keep a signal fire going, which in turn will help them be rescued. Towards the end of the novel, though, the main character and original leader of the boys begins to lose sight of this idea. At one point, Ralph is talking to the three boys who are still on his side. He tries to remind them why Jack’s side is so bad and what they can do to be rescued when, “at the moment of greatest passion and conviction, that curtain flapped in his head and he forgot what he had been driving at…‘Oh, yes. So we’ve got to make smoke; and more smoke--’” (163). This loss of priority shows how immaturity and evil corrupt the mind and make one lose...

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