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The Enmity Of Man In the Lord of the Flies William Golding reveals through the characters in his novel the extent of evil in human nature and the complete dominance that malificence has on this young society of innocent school boys When an airplane full of english school boys crashes on a remote island the boys are left alone with the absence of adult guidance and must find ways for survival The setting seems to be a perfect backdrop for innocence and goodness to flourish However Golding opens the readers eyes to the extensity of evil in human nature when allowed to run rampant On the island there is a rigorous battle between good and evil where evil reigns supreme Golding introduces a startling concept that mankind is virtually evil even among the most innocent All rule and government are annihilated by complete anarchy The reader sees how one child through fear and manipulation can destroy a whole society The protagonist Ralph represents the law-abiding citizen concerned with everyones needs and securities When the boys choose Ralph for chief he tries to set up some kind of order among the island His chief mission is to be rescued and in order to do this the signal fire must stay lit Ralph receives most of his sense from Piggy whose wisdom is most often shrouded because of his unpopularity with the other boys In some ways Ralph is the voice of Piggy Ralph and Piggy represent the adult and humane influence on the island This strong voice of sense and order creates an inclement struggle against the evil of the boys The antagonist of the novel Jack is the mastery of evil who eventually leads the boys to savagery Jack has many insecurities which he overcomes by carrying on the phisod of a leader Jack and his group of choir boys are immediately described as the darker
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