LOF literary analysis
22 November 17
Deep Dark Covertness
People are born in the purest form of life. Or are they? Evil: a noun meaning “profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as supernatural force (Dictionary).” This short, four lettered word is so simple yet full of perniciousness. William Golding, the author of The Lord of the Flies, believes that evil is intrinsic. Juxtaposing this, the extrinsic point of view is also relevant. Is evil produced in our minds while we are conceived, like the rest of our traits, or is it indoctrinated into our personality over time?
Golding claims that evil is intrinsic in the human mind. Intrinsic: an adjective meaning “belonging naturally, essential (Dictionary).” Golding lived through World War II. He wrote The Lord of the Flies during the Cold War. The world was very dark at this time. Golding was one of the people to look at the evil surrounding him and see the bad in people. He saw what the United States soldiers did to people and knew that a kind, empathetic person would not be capable of performing these inhumane actions. In Golding’s writing his belief is the evil instinct is in every human’s mind. “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you (Golding 143).” Golding throws many digs in like this. He tries to force into the reader’s mind that the evil is coming from within the boys; it is the boys themselves that are morally incorrect. On the island, the children become savages and blood thirsty. They begin to kill off their companions. “Maybe there is a beast… what I mean is.. maybe it’s only us… we could be sort of… (Golding 89).” There is some evidence in Golding’s idea, which scientists call the “warrior gene.” “This gene is known as monoamine oxidase A (MAOA). This gene is present in everyone and exhibits low or no activity. Those who have a low-performing MAOA gene are more prone to aggression and violent behavior (Grant).”
To expound Golding’s thoughts, many others claim evil is extrinsic. Extrinsic: an adjective meaning “not part of the essential nature of someone or something; coming or operating from outside (Dictionary).” There are many factors to support this side of the argument: the length of time on the island, social psychology, and parenting. The human brain...