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Inner Evil In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

793 words - 4 pages

John Righeimer
Mr. Corbett
Comp Lit 2
28 May 2014
Inner Evil
Throughout the novel Lord Of The Flies, the boys on the island are continuously faced with numerous fears. Subsequently there is nothing on the island which they fear more than the beast. The beast is not a tangible object that can be killed or destroyed by conventional means, but an idea symbolizing the primal savage instincts within all people. Its Golding’s intention to illustrate the innate evil inside man through his view of human nature, the actions of the Jack and his tribe, and the relationship between the beast and the school boys.
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On a island with “[no] grown ups anywhere”(34), no rules, and no supervision, the boys become more and more intervened within the island itself and more and more like natives, wearing face paint to “hide from the beast” (98) and preforming rituals and sacrifices to please it.These actions show the boys loss of innocence and the ideal of power and fear. Their desire to please the beast leads them into golding’s theory of inner evil, shown by the gruesome slaughtering of the pigs and the “Lord of the Flies” itself, a gift to the supernatural creature. The Lord of the Flies is a direct translation to Beelzebub, which is name given to the devil in the bible. From this we can take Golding's perspective and motives not to express the relationship between the Pig’s head and the boys but human nature and evil. Soon the hunters lose sight of their school boy origins and their compassion, seeking only to hunt pigs and increase the tribe members or kill anyone standing in their way. This is a direct outcome from the beast who leads the boys into savagery and violence further developing their own inner beast.
The relationship between the beast and the school boys is played out through the conversation...

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