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The Good And The Evil In The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Even items intended for good and kind uses can still be used for evil by those of a lesser heart. The conch was used to bring the children together, only to become a symbol of power that is abused. The fire is used to make smoke a signal for rescue, only to be used to cook meat and smoke out Ralph. The island they knew one side of the island was good and one side was bad. It was only a matter of time before they ventured to the “bad” side. With the misuse of the conch, the fire and the island, all things that may be intended for good can still be used for bad.
The conch was originally used to bring order and civility to the island but the conch is eventually abused by Jack and other ...view middle of the document...

The boys started making a signal fire with Piggy’s glasses, “As they watched, a flash of fire appeared at the root of one wisp, and then the smoke thickened“(Golding, 44). The boys had succeeded at making a fire. They wanted to bring adults to rescue them and go back to civilization. The boys are still innocent and just want to go home. Though, their hope in going home soon begins to wither after days with no sign of rescue. They begin to succumb to the island’s harshness and become savages. Instead of using the fire for rescue, they use the fire for hunting and cooking, but not hunting animals. Hunting other boys on the island. “They had smoked [Ralph] out and set the island on fire” (Golding, 219). The boys had complete moral changes and went from being good little kids to being hunters and murderers. They went from trying to bring civilization to them to being savages. Trying to kill someone who once viewed them as a friend. This fire suggested by Ralph to help them was nearly the death of him. He wanted good and they gave him evil. The fire intended only for the good of rescuing the boys off the island, was used for the evil a hunting a friend.
The island has a more civil side and a more savage side. In the beginning the island is viewed positively by the children. “This...

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