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The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is based upon his view of humans and human nature He makes a very convincing argument about human nature He says that basically all humans have the capacity for good and evil and human instincts are no different from those of animals What William Golding is saying about human nature is that at its root it is savage there are no morals no right or wrong only what one needs to do to survive First looking at the setting for the book one can see that it has its non-civilized qualities It is an island There is neither order nor rules This set the stage for the boys to become the savages they do Without the rules and order of society what will young unlearned boys do They will lose what little knowledge of society they had at their age This is very very evident at the end of the book By the end of the book Jack and his followers have become complete savages they have no care about taking someones life They have become desensitized to death and pain It becomes just another part of their daily routine as brushing your teeth or cleaning yourself it becomes something they have to do One of Goldings main themes through the book is the fight between good and evil Good being Ralph Evil being Jack The two of these boys have conflict from the very beginning of the book when Jack is not elected leader Right then Jack and Ralph are shown as the opposites of one another Ralph and Jack are the very base of human nature and morality They can be looked at as the metaphorical devil and angel who sit upon ones shoulders Ralph always trying to do the right thing while Jack decides to go a different way With these characters established as who they are Golding then uses them to show
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