Lord of the Flies
“Robert I am going to kill you over and over again. Don’t even think about trying to win,” said my usually very kind friend during the time we played video games. We went to his house and played on his new X-Box 360 when all of a sudden he started to get really into the game. My friend started to mutter loudly every time I killed him. When I killed him for the tenth time, he was so outraged he began to start yelling. I was astounded by this new side of him and froze. I could not believe that my kind friend would act like this. He would yell, and when he finally managed to kill me, he leaped up and exclaimed to me that he would not let me win. At the end of the game, where I beat him quite badly, he said that he hated me and would completely destroy me in the next match. The way he acted showed to me that everyone can act differently than their normal attitude just like all the boys in Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies when they change to survive living on the deserted island with each other. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding illustrates man’s inherent evil.
In the novel The Lord of the Flies, Golding uses the plot to illustrate man’s inhumanity to man. First, Simon runs down the mountain, and everyone murders him because of their non-sophisticated behavior. After Simon climbs the mountain by himself to investigate the so-called “beast”, he discovers that it is actually a dead man who died while fighting in the war. Hoping to bring good news to everybody, Simon descends the mountain but meets vicious hunters who circle around him and prepare to slay him. The hunters, who transform into bloodthirsty creatures, murder Simon without a second thought all the while chanting, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”(152). The fact that the hunters slaughter Simon without a second thought of taking another person’s life illustrates their inhumane treatment of another human. Another cruel action occurs when Roger annihilates Piggy. When Ralph and his gang arrive at Castle Rock, Piggy gives a speech about whether having rules or acting like savages is better. During all this, Piggy ends up under the spot where Roger pulls down on the lever which releases a large rock to send him flying and destroys the conch: “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181). Roger had no reason to release the lever other than for his own enjoyment because Piggy has never done anything wrong to Roger before. Because Roger destroys Piggy for no reason, he demonstrates his inhumane treatment to another human being.
Golding also uses conflict to illustrate man’s inhumanity to man. First, Jack’s tribe captures Sam and Eric and forces them to join their side and betray Ralph. After Piggy dies from a giant falling rock, Ralph runs away leaving Sam and Eric alone with Jack and his gang. The tribe tortures Sam and Eric and causes them to help Jack against their own will. When Ralph goes back to Jack’s area at Castle Rock, he talks to Sam and Eric who warn him, “You got to go because it’s not safe-They made us. They hurt us” (188). The fact that Jack and his tribe torture Sam and Eric to help him shows inhumane their treatment of another human being. Another merciless action occurs when Jack enlightens his tribe that they will hunt Ralph. After Jack captures Sam and Eric, the only obstacle left in Jack’s path is Ralph. Jack creates a plan to form a line across the whole island and create a sound for when someone spots Ralph. Sam and Eric warn Ralph of this predicament and plead him to leave now: “They hate you, Ralph, they’re going to do you. They’re going to hunt you tomorrow” (188). Jack constructing a plan to kill Ralph shows his inner malice and wanting to cause death to another human being by hunting him.
William Golding, in his novel Lord of the Flies, depicts man’s atrocious malevolence. First, Golding uses the plot to display the inner wickedness of the boys on the island when they kill Simon. The boys find pleasure in killing Simon and other living things. Roger also enjoys taking another’s life as shown when he kills Piggy with no remorse. Although the victims do nothing wrong to Jack or anyone, the life they have is taken away for the other people’s pleasure which reflects their evil nature. Second, the conflict shown by the torturing of Sam and Eric from both Jack and Roger show the cruelty they both have. Jack takes away Sam and Eric’s free will by forcing them to help him or else they will die like Piggy and Simon did. Also, Jack’s decision to hunt down Ralph and kill him represents that he does not care about right and wrong and only seeks pleasure. The evil within everybody compares to why my friend’s kind behavior changed to an outraged behavior. This inherent evil has and always will stay with us forever solely because we are a man.