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What Defines Good And Bad Essay

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“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” William Golding expresses his own thoughts when he wrote “Lord of the Flies” novel. In it, Golding sets up a scene where a plane carrying British school boys crashes on a deserted island. These boy’s ages ranging from six to twelve were left without any adult supervision and are forced to create a society based on order and civility. However, Golding’s major argument throughout the novel is, even though evil lives inside us all, but most of us are able to ignore the negative voices in our head and are innately good. What defines good and bad anyway? “Maybe there is a beast...maybe its only us.”
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In Ralph’s tribe they had kept a fire going in hopes of getting the attention of rescuers. This was the only thing Ralph had left. Nevertheless Jack began to steal firewood from Ralph and Piggy’s glasses to start the fire. “I said ‘smoke’! We've got to have smoke.” Enraged Ralph began to panic, forgetting the importance of the firewood. Piggy, Ralph’s loyal friend, was able to make him refocus on the firewood’s significance. “’ Course we have. ’Cos the smoke’s a signal and we can’t be rescued if we don’t have smoke.”Recalling Piggy’s remake, Ralph snaps back, “I knew that!”
I found it intriguing in, a parable written by Donald R. Spangler entitled “Simon”, where the author proceeded to relate the twelve year old character to Jesus Christ who was a Jew. Christ spoke Hebrew and was persecuted for his claims that he was sent by God (our creator) to deliver us from our sins. Simon, in “Lord of the Flies”, could be found speaking to a sow’s head which was impaled with a stick which it sat upon. Lord of the flies however translated in either Hebrew or Greek means Beelzebub. Beelzebub is Hebrew and Greek for ‘the devil’. After Simon was told by Beelzebub, “This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape.” Simon goes to deliver the...

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