Is Man Inherently Evil In Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding asserts man is inherently evil in his book Lord of the Flies. The brief history of the lost boys seems to say otherwise. Do people stay in line just because of the rules and consequences? Or are people all honorable at heart?

The brief history of the lost boys shows help in a helpless place. “Older boys ー some just nine or ten ー looked after the youngest ones and small cliques of boys formed their own family groups”(¶ 6 7). This quote displays that the older children have benevolence for the younger children and that they -given the circumstances- it isn't every man for themselves. They recognize that the younger children won't be able to fend for themselves so they stay together. when they eventually found help and started

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