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Mankind Essential Illness In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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And on the first day, God created evil. Golding’s intricately crafted Lord of the Flies on the outset may appear to be a novel about a group of boys marooned on an island and their struggle to survive; however, it also serves as a religious allegory drawing references from the bible. The island on which the boys are stranded represents an anti- Eden, a place that is devastated by evils of man. Simon, the blue-eyed sensitive boy exemplifies Jesus; however, unlike Jesus, Simon is unable to convey his message that the true beast is mankind. Jack and Ralph, the protagonist and antagonist are reminiscent of Cain and Able as Jack becomes jealous of Ralph and tries to murder him. In Lord of the ...view middle of the document...

With this quote, Golding illustrates the island is a twisted Eden. At first, it is natural; however, when the boys come, they bring evil with them.
Golding also depicts the evil nature of man through his contrast of Jack and Ralph to Cain and Able. Golding references the story of Cain and Able when Jack, who represents Cain, becomes jealous of Ralph, who represents Able, because he is the leader and the children prefer him more as a leader. It is evident Jack is jealous of Ralph’s power when he barks, “ And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing” (Golding 91). Just like Cain, Jack becomes jealous of Ralph due to his social status, which in turn leads him farther down the path of savagery.
Simon, the one child who is pure at heart, is brutally murdered when he tries to deliver the message that evil is within. When Simon feeds the littluns fruit from the trees, his kindhearted and caring nature is revealed. Golding reveals Simon is inherently pure when he dictates, “ 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). Simon, unlike any of the other children on the island, is pure at heart. Just like Jesus, he has good intentions and truly cares for the well being of others.
However, this is unable to protect Simon, is he is brutally murdered, thus proving...

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