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ENGLISH COURSEWORK - LORD OF THE FLIES ESSAY How does William Golding show evil at work in the lord of the flies? William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. As he became older his love for literature grew larger, but his father wanted him to become a doctor and as result he went to Oxford University to study science. Later on he decided to drop out of science because he wanted to start learning more about literature. When William Golding graduated from University he decided to start teaching. Unfortunately by that time Europe was on the brink of war. William Golding decided to sign up for the war to do his military service. By reading The Lord of the Flies it can be seen that William Golding was clearly influenced by his experiences during the war, which has in turn influenced this book. The images and acts of evil he envisioned during the war have been used to characterise his book (Lord of the flies). One of the ways William Golding shows evil at work is, by using children as the main characters. William Golding magnifies the acts of evil by using children to carry out t acts of evil. ...read more.

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William Golding will now be able to show more evil intentions at work. This is because, now the boys have realised that they have it in them to commit evil actions-they will enhance their abilities. At the end of the novel it can be seen that Jack is hunting Ralph down. This can be seen in chapter 12 when Ralph is on the run from Jack and his tribe. The quote; "They (Jack and Roger) hate you Ralph, they're going to hunt you to-morrow. The chief says we got to be careful and throw our spears like at a pig". This quote shows how William Golding has used the concept of evil throughout lord of the flies. This is because at the start they hunt pigs for food. Gradually they start to hunt for fun and now they have started to hunt humans. This shows how the character of Jack has developed from being a nice lad to an evil intentioned, mature minded child. As a result of no adults being there the power Jack realises has made him think that he is untouchable. I believe that William Golding is demonstrating the corrupting nature of power. Gradually as Simon realised what started to happen around him, William Golding changes his character from being a child to an ...read more.

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It is quoted in chapter 11, "they understood only to well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought". Ralph says, "We won't be painted because we are not savages". These two quotes show that Ralph and his boys have recognised that the hunter have started to base themselves upon savages and as a result of this Ralph is telling his boys that we will not sink to the level of the hunters. From the quotes it can be seen how William Golding has used savagery in Lord of the flies. This is because; the boys paint their faces to show that their soldiers and that they are different from others. Due to this taking place, William Golding shows how the motive of savagery gets to the hunters and as a result the hunters start to commit evil in such a way that they believe will get away with it. William Golding shows evil at work in lord of the flies in several different ways. He shows it through using children to carry out these acts, hunting and the hunger for power. It can also be seen that William Golding illustration of evil has been heavily influenced by the acts committed during the Second World War, and acts that are shown in the creation and savagery in lord of the flies. ...read more.

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