Lord of the Flies Essay

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Stephan Rhodes English 1302.358, TR 12:15 p.m. class Essay 5, Rough Draft 1,305 Words November 20, 2008 The Beast Within Is evil an innate quality that all human beings are simply born with? Or is it the instinct to gratify our own desires that makes us evil? Does the capacity for evil vary from one person to the next, or does it depend on the circumstances each person faces? Does society play a role in the existence of human evil? Such questions pertain to the doctrine of original sin, a theory that has been used as a theme in many works of literature. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding reveals that man's selfishness and sinful nature is unmasked when the structure of society deteriorates. His novel demonstrates the regressive and savage behavior of mankind as he returns to his primitive state. He illustrates the conflict of good versus evil as the characters - once civilized, moral, and disciplined youths - accustom themselves to a wild, brutal, and barbaric life in the jungle. Golding even creates a subtle motif using a number of allusions to Judeo-Christian mythology that add thematic resonance to this conflict. Ultimately, the story suggests that evil is present in all of us. We may not consider ourselves to be evil, or to have much capacity for it, but it’s within us. We just happen to live in a society that demands civilized behavior. Things could be different. Without a structured and well-followed society, people are apt to follow their own corrupt - and often evil - desires without considering the consequences of their actions and how this affects others. The Lord of the Flies is considered to be a biblical allegory because many of its images, ideas, and themes appeared in the Holy Bible over one thousand years ago. The distinct parallels made with this religious text become noticeably pronounced as William Golding’s novel

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