lord of the flies

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Hanna Newcomb

5th Hour

The Nature of Man

In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Golding illustrates that man by nature is inherently evil.

Throughout the book Jack becomes inherently evil. An example of inherit evil in Jack is how he uses the beast to manipulate the boys to listen and follow him. Jack knows that there's tons of fear towards the beast that has been spotted multiple times and he knows that everyone will do about anything to not come into contact with it. Jack uses the fear against the children, and says that "this is a hunter's job" (102). So Jack will lookout and protect them. Jack is using fear as a virtue and using the fear to become a more powerful leader, to jump ahead of Ralph's leadership. Jack wasn't this way from the very beginning, he inherited these leadership and competitive traits through his despise and jealousy of Ralph and his experiences on the island.

Another example of Jack becoming progressively evil is when he realizes that killing the pig feels so good. At the beginning of the novel Jack felt bad or too nervous to kill the first pig they saw on the island. Throughout the novel, as jack's savage side is shining through, he builds up the courage to finally kill a pig. When Jack finally does kill the pig he's taken back by how good it feels, and wishes that he didn't feel this way. Inside of Jack there's a savage and or beast that showed itself when he slaughtered the pig. This instance shows the there's savages in us all that are ultimately suppressed by society. At last, Jack showed himself progressively becoming evil when he convinces the other children to participate in killing Simon. During the course of...