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The main theme of Lord of the Flies is that a lot of evil in the world comes not from a few leaders who lead many others astray; it comes from within almost every human,

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Where does evil come from? What is the source of human evil, and why does it emerge? This has been a very philosophical TOK question for a very long time. The book, Lord of the Flies, attempted to seek a possible answer to this question. The main theme of Lord of the Flies is that a lot of evil in the world comes not from a few leaders who lead many others astray; it comes from within almost every human, from people acting on their desires to dominate, to hurt, and to destroy weaker things. The actions of the characters Roger, Ralph, Henry, and Simon clearly illustrate this main theme of Lord of the Flies. Much of the evil in Lord of the Flies is seen in Roger. Roger is a sadistic character. Roger wants power because he likes the idea of hurting others. In the beginning of the story, his desire was still held back by society rules. ...read more.

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While characters like Roger portray evil in a clear, obvious manner, evil is not as apparent in other characters. Ralph, the protagonist in the story, is also capable of evil. Similar to Roger, at first, Ralph was held back by civilization. He even attempted to set rules and reconstruct a society structure among the boys. However, as time went on, he started to be tempted by evil. During the game which Robert acted as the pig while the other tried to hunt him down, the following description was stated: �Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering� (Golding  1954, p.142) Even though a few moments later, Ralph held back and said �Just a game� and no one was killed as a result of this, it became clear that Ralph�s dark side started to reveal. He didn�t act upon his thought, but evil started to dominate. ...read more.

Conclusion

First of all, he didn?t participate in any form of hunting or killing. Second, in the beginning of chapter three, he helped the littuns to build huts, suggesting that Simon is a very kind boy. Third, Simon, instead of destroying the environment, he appreciated it by wandering around, showing that he didn?t has the lust to destroy but the will to experience the beauty of nature. Last but not the least, unlike the other boys who were scared off by the so called beast thing, Simon helped the parachutist to untangled the strings and set him free, showing his generosity. To sum up, Simon was able to resist the temptation of evil. The actions of the characters Roger, Ralph, Henry, and Simon attempted to illustrate this main theme of Lord of the Flies and seek the answer of an age-old question: ?Is human inherently good or bad?? Through the analysis of various characters, we can see that Golding do believe human are born evil (Roger, Ralph and Henry) , but we are capable to resist the temptation of evil (Ralph and Simon). ...read more.

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