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Inherent Evil In Lord Of The Flies

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Inherent evil is found in many places, particularly within humans. It usually is not present however, where law and order are present. In his novel, Lord Of The Flies, William Golding shows how difficult it is to remain innocent and pure, rather than corrupted and evil where no social order exists. When a group of young British boys crash on a n island, they try to act civilized and good. While the adult world is caught in an atomic war, these twelve year old boys struggle to remain orderly. Roger seems good at first, but commits evil deeds, like murder. Ralph becomes the chief, elected by the boys. Jack, another boy, tries to usurp Ralph's job as chief. Using Roger, Ralph and Jack, William ...view middle of the document...

Over the course of their time on the island, Roger's inherent evil becomes progressively more apparent.

Ralph illustrates inherent evil while on the island. Out of all the boys, Ralph shows the least evil. Ralph's denial of Simon's death shows his evil. When Samneric ask about Jack's feast, Ralph and Piggy deny ever attending: “We left early,' said Piggy quickly, 'because we were tired” (Golding175). By denying Simon's death, Ralph and Piggy show that they do not care about him. This denial of his death proves Ralph's evil. Ralph's obvious pleasure of attention shows his evil briefly. While on the hunt for the beast, Jack's hunters and Ralph track a boar and wound it. Ralph contributes and enjoys having wounded the boar himself: “I hit him,' said Ralph indignantly. 'I hit him with my spear, I wounded him” (Golding126). This pleasure of attention and maiming proves his evil. Ralph's participation in the death of Simon shows his evil. During the feast, Simon approaches, weak and confused, to the crazy crowd of boys. Thinking that he is the beast, they attack him: “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit tore” (Golding168). This frenzied attack on Simon by Ralph and the other boys prove his evil. Over the course of their time on the island, Ralph's inherent evil becomes progressively more apparent.

Jack illustrates inherent evil while on the island. During his time on the island, Jack goes from innocent to evil and starts doing evil acts. Jack hunting and killing a pig for sport shows his evil. First, he kills the pig for food, then for pleasure: “the sow staggered her way ahead of them, bleeding...

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