Good Vs. Evil In The Odyssey And The Lord Of The Flies

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Good vs. Evil is a prominent theme in both The Odyssey and The Lord of the Flies through the characterization and plot elements. This is shown in both through internal and external conflicts. The theme also makes both stories more compelling, as it can be applied to real life situations.
In The Odyssey, Good vs. Evil is present internally in Odysseus. He constantly has to make decisions for the good of him and his men. One example of this is during the persuasion of Odysseus by the sirens to their island. Although he didn’t have wax in his ears like the rest of his crew, he was able to resist the temptations, saving the lives onboard. This is an internal conflict between Odysseus’ logical mind which represents good, and his need to answer the siren’s call, which is evil in this case. The conflict here was won by good, as Odysseus did not give into the temptation of the sirens. An external conflict showing Good vs. Evil from this novel is Odysseus and Telemachus vs. the suitors. In this story, the suitors represent evil. They treat Penelope cruelly, steal the food, and are noisy. They were also rude to Odysseus when he was disguised as a beggar. However, good won this conflict again, as the suitor were killed by Odysseus and Telemachus. These two examples show that Homer believes that good usually wins over evil, as long as the gods support whoever is good.
Good vs. Evil is shown in The Lord of the Flies internally in all of the boys. They have to choose between Jack’s leadership and Ralph’s leadership. Ralph’s following, in this case, represents the good and civil and Jack’s following represents the bad and savage. During this conflict, most of the boys tend toward the evil side. William Golding appears to be saying that, if not influenced by society, the evil side of most men will show through. This is also saying that men are too scared of hurting their reputation in a civil society, but in a chaotic one they will become power hungry, savage murderers. The main external conflict in this novel is Ralph and Jack. Ralph generally represents good or trying to be good. Jack is savage and represents evil. While Ralph is winning at first, Jack wins...

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