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human nature in lord of the flies

Human Nature in Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is a captivating narrative in which the reader lives through the trials and tribulations of a society set up and run by a group of Golding believes that the basicnature of the individual is evil. The group ultimately provesthis thesis by their actions. The evils of the individual areshown through the actions of the group’s hunter Jack, themurders of two members of the society, Simon and Piggy, theattempted murder of the group’s leader Ralph, and the ultimatedestruction of the island.Jack has a natural longing to be number one, he was notsatisfied with being the leader of the hunters, and thisultimately caused many of the conflicts in the novel. Jack asa senior member of the group felt that he had every right tobe the leader and in this he caused the downfall of thesociety. He used the skills he learned as the leader of thehunters to turn the society against Ralph and the members thatwould not follow him in his quest to be number one.Simon is the one member that seems to have an ounce ofgoodness in him. This goodness leads to his death because hegoes to find out what is in the trees and the kids think he isa monster and murder him. Simon is the only member of thegroup who realizes that the monster is actually a spreadingfear through the group. It is an internal monster, a monsterof greed and a struggle for power. “Kill the beast! Cut histhroat! Spill his blood!” (152). This is what they werechanting while they killed Simon. It shows how violent andevil the kids were.Piggy is the intellectual and inventive member of thegroup. His role as Ralph’s lieutenant eventually leads to hisdeath. Again because of his loyalty to Ralph, Jack has himkilled. Piggy is killed by Jack’s assistant Roger with abolder. “Which is better-to have rules and agree, or to huntand kill” (180). These were Piggy’s l...

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