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The End of Innocence and the Darkness of Mans Heart In Lord of the Flies the author William Golding proves his theory on the origin of evil in many ways a main one being the changes in the character Jack William Goldings theory states that civilization prevents corruption Human nature is evil but with the conformity of moral values supervision and consequences good behavior can be developed In his book England is involved in a nuclear war and must evacuate the people A group of private school boys who are presumably evacuees are dropped from a plane just before it crashes onto an uninhibited tropical island The boys are called together by Ralph who with Piggy had found a conch shell As the other boys gather onto the platform another party of the boys the choir marches up They are described as something dark or a creature one of the first signs of evil All of the boys decide to elect a leader and the candidates turn out to be Ralph and Jack head of the choir When the boys choose Ralph Jack becomes enraged and Ralph offers that the choir be the hunters Jack is then seen as the head hunter and a primary destructive force Ralph Jack and another boy Simon head out to survey the land and assure that it is indeed an island The boys have their first confrontation with a pig Jack is unable to plunge his knife into living flesh and bear the sight of flowing blood because of the taboo of the old life He is ashamed and vows next time he will kill it as he drives his knife into a tree trunk This is one of the first major signs of troubleof the evil ahead Jack is later described as an animal symbolizing the loss of civilization His transition into evil begins as the influence of his former life and the conditioning wears off The
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