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HUMAN NATURE the theme of the book is an attempt to trace back the defects of society to the defects of human natureThe moral is that the shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system Golding Evil in Man qGolding believes that man is naturally predisposed to do evil What I mean is Maybe its only us page 97 qSimon speaks these words in Chapter 5 during the meeting in which the boys consider the question of the beast he proposes that perhaps they are the beast qSimons words are central to Goldings point that innate human evil exists qSimon is the first character in the novel to see the beast not as an external force but as a component of human nature There isnt anyone to help you Only me And Im the Beast Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill You knew didnt you Im part of you Close close close Im the reason why its no go Why things are the way they are Page 158 qThese words confirm Simons speculation in Chapter 5 that perhaps the beast is only the boys themselves qThis idea of the evil on the island being within the boys is central to the novels exploration of innate human savagery qThe Lord of the Flies identifies itself as the beast and acknowledges to Simon that it exists within all human beings You knew didnt you Im part of you qSimon startled by his discovery tries to convey it to the rest of the boys but the evil and savagery within them boils to the surface as they mistake him for the beast itself set upon him and kill him Ralph wept for the end of innocence the darkness in mans heart and the fall through the air of
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