Lord of the Flies- What Is Evil and Where Does It Come from?

Topics: Adam and Eve, Book of Genesis, English-language films Pages: 2 (677 words) Published: March 4, 2013
Lord of the Flies Final Essay
Prompt: What is evil and where does it come from? Support your answer with Lord of the Flies and your own example. Two direct quotes needed: one for each body paragraph about Lord of the Flies.

Where does evil come from? Was Lord of the Flies written to answer this question? William Golding wrote this spectacular story in 1954 to illustrate the concept of evil’s existence. The story is about several boys whose plane crashed because of a Soviet missile hit. The boys get stranded on an island and have to figure out how to survive. Each boy has his own personality and ideas on how to survive and get rescued. The group of boys start a fire to act as a signal for rescue. Unfortunately, the fire gets out of hand, and the chaos begins. Because the group of boys was hungry, one of the boys, Jack, decided to kill a pig. This led Jack to abandon his superego and to continue killing. It seems like the Beast entered Jack and the others, causing in them the thirst for blood. After several events that took place in the story, the boys were finally rescued by a naval officer from the Soviet Union. William Golding wrote this classic to deliver a moral message about the origins of evil. Evil is killing people for excitement and comes from ids within us, according to Lord of the Flies.

William Golding shows that evil is within everyone and does not come from society. When Lord of the Flies/ the Beast gets into Simon’s head, Lord of the Flies says, “ I am part of you” (Golding 142-143). Evil is speaking directly to Simon’s head and heart. This is an example of Simon’s conscience talking to him and evil trying to turn Simon into a savage like Jack. Society did not make Simon evil, it was the Beast who tried to get Simon to listen and become a savage.

Evil is within everyone yet it is though society, creatures and people that evil is actually seen. “The Beast is harmless and horrible” (Golding 147). The Beast is horrible because it is not...
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