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In the lord of the flies Golding wanted to show his readers that there is no such thing as innocence even in the young Clearly in the text the first evidence of conflict between Ralph and Jack manifested itself in the argument they had who was going to keep the fire burning Respecting order and pursuing survival desires rather than pleasure was rejected by Jack Humans follow their instincts when they have no technology or the pleasures of today to help them establish their survival pattern The lord of the flies the pigs head on a stick was the symbol of everyones subconscious fear of the unknown In the text innocence as we know it was violated through the first major conflict over survival Ralph wanted to keep the fire going to hope for rescue while Jack pursued his carnal desires to go out hunting whether for survival or pleasure not known If innocence does exist then one of them would have sacrificed his personal emotional desires for the other but because instincts supersede innocence innocence disappears Simon represented the subconscious truth that lied hidden disguised in the depth of every human emotion The theme conveys that an evil essence lurks in every man that can be brought out given certain circumstances Simon whose character was depicted as being different from the other boys was able to recognise confront and ultimately get destroyed by the evil in mans heart Simon was able to recognise that the evil on the island was in the hearts of the boys When Sam n Eric conjured up an evil image of the beast on the hill Simon identified the evil and he imagined a different form the true image However Simon thought of the beast there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and
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