Good Vs. Evil In William Golding´S Lord Of The Flies

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It seems as though there is so much more evil than good in the world today. We hear of war and fighting 24/7 but we rarely hear about the good things that happen. Everyone is born with both good and bad within them. We, as humans, must choose which one we want to be. In The Lord of the Flies, Ralph is good while Jack is evil. Ralph represents the good side of us while Jack represents the evil side. Although sometimes it is easier to be evil, it pays off to be good. The novel is a perfect example of how all people are born with both sides. At the beginning, the boys choose the good side, with morals and civilization. But as the story moves on, the boys find it more exciting to be on the bad side. It shows that all the boys are torn between good and bad and there is a very thin line that separates both. We realize that people are born inherently good and bad because in life there are always right and wrong choices, children are born good but are easily influenced to do bad, and it is always harder to do what is right than what is wrong.
“The loss of innocence for which Ralph weeps at the novel's close is not, however, a matter of transformation from childish goodness to adolescent depravity, is not a growing into wickedness. It is rather the coming of an awareness of darkness, of the evil in man's heart that was present in the children all along,” (Boyd). At the end of the novel, Ralph cries for a few reasons. He cries because he has lost his friend Piggy. He also cries because he has lost his innocence. He now realizes that there is evil in every man.
Before Ralph ended up on this island, he thought everyone was good, and bad was just a foreign concept. But now he sees that there is evil even within himself. While him and the rest of the boys are on this island, they see that there are many decisions they have to face and all of them have a good and a bad side. For example, Ralph symbolizes the good and morals throughout the story, but when he gets a small taste of hunting and how exciting it is he momentarily loses himself. When Simon comes to tell the boys that the beast lives within them, even Ralph takes part in his killing. Later on he feels really guilty and tries to pretend like he was never a part of such a terrible thing.
“Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law,” (Golding). This is Roger’s first real step towards cruelty. This is an example of how the boys’ civilized instinct is still overpowering their savage instinct but their cracks are beginning to show. Jack plays a major role in influencing...

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