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Good Vs Evil

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Good Vs Evil Lord of the flies was written by William Golding in 1954. It is an enthralling, book that explores the concept of the behaviour of man when he is exempt from society. Golding achieves this by stranding a group of British schoolboys on a secluded island, in the midst of a war. Throughout this period the boys evolve from being civilised and let savagery take over. This book is well written and effectively presents the theme of the story: the evil that man is capable of. Once read, this book will stay in your memory for its provocative idea that humans are a flawed race. The story takes place on a remote, tropical island. As the island is secluded, there is no contact from the outside world. This is significant because this means that the rules that applied in the outside world don't apply here. The boys are now free from society, which holds together people's judgement of what is right and what is wrong. The absence of such an influential factor to the peace of man, permits anarchy to break out. ...read more.


In the novel Ralph is the protagonist. The boy who represents order, civilisation and is the islands first leader. He tries to establish a democratic society. However at the start of the book he felt the need to fit in with the rest of the group; be classified as popular. This is demonstrated when jack called piggy a fatty and jack said "He's not Fatty, his real name is Piggy!" Jack is the antagonist of the novel. He represents destruction, violence and anarchy. He is the one who opposes Ralph's attempt to maintain order, letting his impulses govern him. From the beginning Jack had a nasty streak in him. This is shown when he said "He's always throwing a faint" when Simon fainted, showing no concern towards Simon. Piggy is the voice of reason. He is an idealistic boy who likes order and thinks logically. He is Ralph's right-hand man; an adviser. Piggy was practical and was kind. This is demonstrated when he is talks to the littluns and tries to find out their names. ...read more.


The quote "his arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pigs after it has been killed" follows Piggy's murder. This quote shows the true brutality and evil of man. They have just killed piggy and have compared his body to one of a dead pigs, they don't even view him as a human, let alone value the life of a human. The contrast presented in the quote, "Which is better - to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?" paints a picture of the central theme of the story. Civilisation or Savagery. The boys finally get rescued at the end of the book by a navy officer. Linked to the outside world it is ironic because this officer, dressed in white is depicted as an angel, their salvation. However this very soldier is a symbol of the evil man is capable of, by fighting in the war. This book has demonstrated that humans are flawed. We are capable of great evil. This is still relevant in today's society because, put under the right situations, you too could carry out unspeakable atrocities. Mrs. Lawrence Yr 10 English Lord of The Flies By Evita Kerketta ...read more.

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