Lord of the Flies

Essay by Mlh97High School, 11th gradeB, November 2014

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Michael Lionel Hanna Date of Birth: October 6th, 1997

English Literature Essay Marked By: Mrs. Xavrine Nurse

Topic: In William Golding's Novel, "Lord of the Flies", which do you think is more powerful, the forces of good or Evil? Discuss with reference to the text.

In "The Lord of the Flies", William Golding created an illustrative society which was doomed for disaster. The story began with a group of British boys stranded on an island away from society. Eventually after being away from the "Adult world" for some time they begin to transform into vicious individuals. However, not all of the children on the island had the same savage attributes as some of the others. This created a stark difference in characteristic traits on the island. You were left with the good versus the bad, or the Civilized versus the Savage. From this, I concluded that the main theme in Lord of the Flies is Civilization vs.

Savagery or in other words Good vs. Evil. Throughout the novel, there are many examples that support this and many quotes that exemplify this idea as well. William Golding was able to brilliantly and adeptly display the battle between good and evil in the novel however I believe that evil was a bit more powerful than good in the novel, "Lord of the Flies".

The conch, found by Ralph, was used to call all of the boys to one place. It is a representation of goodness, peace and unity. Because Ralph found the conch, he was considered the authority figure and named leader by the boys. Ralph represented the good side and was responsible for blowing the conch and calling the boys to meetings. However, he lost his leadership and his authority when the conch was broken and Piggy was...