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The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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LOTF: Good vs Evil

Change is inevitable. In Lord of the Flies, three of the characters represent how the human condition can change. Each character handles situations and conditions differently. Their conflicts challenge their existence and eventually lead to their demise. In Lord of the Flies, during the wage of war between good and evil, the true face of everyone is revealed, whether it be Roger, Simon, or the children as a group.
There are a lot of ways that good and evil are represented in this book. I am mostly going to be talking about evil. In "Lord of the Flies" Roger represents evil and Satan. In the beginning when Roger was throwing rocks near Henry, he was still good. Because he knew the old taboo of things, throwing rocks at people was not accepted. So that is why he never actually struck Henry. He started turning evil when he shoved the spear up the pigs rear. It is animal cruelty because animals should be respected when they are killed. It was just pure evil to do that to an innocent animal. Another incident was when he killed Piggy for no reason. Piggy was just trying to get the conch and speak, when Roger rolled the boulder down the hill to kill Piggy. There was no reason besides evil to do this to innocent Piggy. This is why Roger represents evil and Satan in the book "Lord of the Flies".
Simon has shown a lot of change, with him and his confrontation with evil. Simon was thought has to being the boy who was completely innocent on the island who had not done nothing bad or inhumane. Simon first act of goodness was in chapter 3, he helps the littluns get fruit from the trees. “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding 56). This was his confronting help in giving the littluns fruit from the trees in which they could not reach. This is an act of kindness and shows that Simon is an evil person. The second quote will show his confrontation with the “Lord of the Flies” and his will to deny evil onto him. “you’d better run off and play with the others. They think you’re batty. You don’t want Ralph to think you’re batty, do you? You like Ralph a lot, don’t you? And Piggy, and Jack?” (Golding 143). This is Simons confrontation with him changing or not. He is seeing hallucinations of a dead pigs’ head talking to him and his talking back to it. He is struggling with reality and is shown that he must not become batty and savage like the others. For the final quote is to more show the evil that came onto Simon and broke him away from life itself in trying to tell the others that there was no beastie. “The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise, something about a body on the hill” (Golding 152). At this point, Simon was only trying to tell the others about...

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