Lord of the Flies:
Good versus Evil
In Lord of the Flies, many times I was amazed how William Golding separated the group of boys on the Island, each both representing two symbols in today’s society. The two symbols that were most present throughout the book were good and evil. The good represent in the book was by Ralph, Simon, and Piggy; and Jack and the other boys who followed behind him while stranded on the island represented the bad. As I was reading the book many questions popped into my head as far as what is good and what is evil? Many people debate about the topic for centuries in which one great example is the Bible’s interpretation. All over the world many people debate on their religion’s beliefs and question what is good, what is evil, and how do we know that we are doing the right thing in some difficult situations. We could debate for years on end without ever reaching a conclusion. But however, many people agree that every person has inherent two sides; one side that is good; and one side that is evil. In this sense of inherent good and evil in every human Golding tried to warn many people who read the novel to protect society from the evil side that we all contain.
William Golding in the novel really exaggerated the fact that the boys on the island, like any other person, inherent good and evil. In the beginning of the novel, the book explains the boys are sophisticated and well-mannered British prep school boys and in most of their lives have been raised in a dignified community. However, while the boys are on the island they begin to become wild and show savagery. The inherent good controls the boys, but soon they are no longer civilized and become more and more evil as the longer they stay. Many characters in the book are symbolized as inherent good and evil as well. Roger’s character in the book represents evil and aggressive with hardly any or no concern of other around him that he deliberately hurts. In the book, it is also...
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