Human Nature in Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies

Human nature is an interesting thing to have an opinion on because no one seems to have the answer of what it is, and everyone seems to understand it differently. William Golding believed that in all humans there is evil, and his book shows a situation in which the evil in young boys are seen. This is, many don't realize a very strong statement due to the belief that youth is innocent and cannot be evil. But also, some things in his book counteract his statement. The belief that he has can be interpreted either way.

Many examples in Lord of the Flies are shown to the effect that man is naturally evil. When the hunters finally kill a pig, they make a big deal about it and start dancing around in a crazed ritual celebrating the bloodlust, not the food the pig was killed originally for.

In this way, Golding believes that sitting inside everyone is evil, even little kids. Another example of this is when Jack and his followers push a rock off a cliff and it kills Piggy. Though his death may not have been intended, there was no remorse or pause in the act afterward, and this one action drove them into a killing rage that made them attack Ralph. Even when the boys calmed down and thought it through later on, it just led them to hunt him down in a more organized manner, with the pure intent to kill him, and over basically nothing. These actions show Golding's belief that even the thought that kids are all innocent is accepted, he believes that no one is spared from the evil.

Many other examples in the book counter his examples of how all mankind has evil in them. Piggy, up to...