Golding s novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding illustrates how much the
human mind can endure insanity and loneliness before becoming an
immoral being. Golding also shows that there is some hope through
Simon and his ability to resist intimidation when faced by evils of
An example of
how much the mind can take the torture and torment of the darkness of
man s heart is Ralph. Golding characterizes Ralph as a boy who has
trouble reality and dreams. As Ralph drifts off into dreams, he could
remember how nice life was before the plane crash. When he comes back
to reality, he realizes how much he has changed in the way he handles
things and his overall rationale. Eventually, Ralph would prove that
he could not handle all the stresses, thus letting the animalism seep
through him when he injures the pig. After this, he is swept up into
the moment of death and blood and they all begin a play where Ralph
gets too carried away and actually jabs Robert so hard that it hurts
Roger is the
main character that Golding uses to show this savage evil. Roger
never really does seem to be a nice person since he throws rocks at
the younger children even when he senses a ring around the children
that seems to have the authority of grown-ups and yet he still does
not care. By the end of the story, Roger becomes so accustomed to
being cruel and has become the authority figure where he becomes
heartless and immoral. Even after he kills Piggy he only becomes more
engulfed by the evil within; the destruction of the conch shows his
resistance to authority.
Golding even has
Piggy change from being a well-mannered, smart boy to a little
stronger and willful kid. This occurs because of Jack s total
disregard of anyone s feelings. Thus causing Piggy to build up anger
inside of him and Piggy finally lets it all out before he dies. Piggy
never really had a chance to lash out, but he was on the verge. Piggy
also seemed to represent order in the tribe and because of Rogers
problem with authority, Roger destroys Piggy and the Conch.
message of the story is about the darkness of man s heart , which
exists in everyone. To emphasize this side of human nature, the
author had to make a situation where it was possible to display these
characteristics. It would have been impossible for Golding to get his
point across without these constraints, and even if it is thought
that the story was written to make a point, and Golding has achieved
that (Unknown 4). This paragraph describes that the whole story is
about how the darkness of man s heart is brought out. Similarly, if
the conflict between Jack and Ralph does not exist, then the story
would not be interesting because survival would be too easy. With the
lack of this conflict between Jack and Ralph, there would be almost
no plot that could interest the reader, assuming that Golding would
not have changed the plot to another conflict.
Again, Roger is
an example of the darkness of man s heart during the newly formed
tribe s first hunt. As they catch up to the sow, everyone is engulfed
in that evil that will not die until its needs are met. Roger found a
lodgment for his point and began to push till he was leaning with his
whole weight. The spear moved forward inch by inch and the terrified
squealing became a high-pitched scream. Roger began to withdraw his
spear and boys noticed it for the first time (Golding 135). When
Roger realizes what he has done, he begins to get into the chant,
Right up her ass! (Golding 135). This dialog shows that Roger does
not care what he has just done as long as his need for death is met.
transition from good to evil begins when he was hunting alone in the
forest. When he got back he tried to convey the compulsion to track
down and kill that was swallowing him up (Golding 51) to Ralph. The
compulsion that is taking over Jack is his evil side that wants to
kill anything that moves. The progression of this feeling is what
eventually tears the boys apart. If Jack is able to fight this
feeling, then the boys society would not have fallen apart.
As Simon tries
to discover the true meaning of the beastie, he says, What I mean is…
Maybe it s only us… Simon became inarticulate in his efforts to
express mankind s essential illness (Golding 89). Golding shows Simon
as the only boy who had the ability to try to find the truth about
the beastie. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before
his inward site the picture of a human at once heroic and sick
(Golding 103). Here Golding shows that Simon is finally seeing what
the beast truly is. It shows that the beastie is the sick side of
man. Jack displays this throughout the story. At the beginning of the
story, Jack is the bravest and the leader of the Choir. This
statement shows the heroic side of Jack, while the sick part is the
evil within his heart that eventually overcomes him.
When Ralph gazed
at the green and black mask before him, trying to remember what Jack
looked like (Golding 178). Golding shows that the mask of colors
symbolizes how the evil can completely cover the good of man s heart.
Because of this complete transformation, a person can completely
change his look and become unrecognizable to the people closest to
Without Jack s
and Ralph s problems, life would have been easy, and the darkness of
man s heart would not have been conveyed to the reader (Unknown 2).
The author of this paper tells the importance of the personality
clash between Jack and Ralph. If all parties get along without a
problem, then the evil would not surface and their society may not
have fallen apart. The passage above just goes to show how imperfect
everyone s mind is and how much destruction two people can cause.
The darkness of
man s heart is the main message that Golding is trying to convey to
the readers. He shows how a nice, intelligent person can be
transformed into a raging madman who is too caught up in his own
bloodthirsty rage he forgets about all who care about that person and
only want to kill. The spread of evil is always triggered by the
defeat of good. Such occurs when Simon is killed, the cause was the
tribes evil chant that kept them into the beating instead of
realizing what was going on.
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