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Copy of Theme Concept Map for Lord of the Flies

The Nature of Evil

Brittany Adams

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Theme Concept Map for Lord of the Flies

The Nature of Evil The Beast The Lord of the Flies The Continuum of Evil Savagery Jack and Roger Ralph and Simon Society's Norms and Ideals Environment of War Violent Human Nature The imaginary beast that frightens all the boys is a representation of the evil that exists within all human beings. The boys are frightened of the beast, except Simon who comes to the realization that the beast is within all of them. As the boys become more savage, the beasts existence becomes stronger. So, the boys savage like behavior is what causes the beast to come to existence and show the evil of which we posses. The Lord of the Flies is both a physical and representation of the beast, a symbol of the evil, and a Satan like figure that provokes the beast inside us. Savagery is an uncivilized state caused by the evil which we posses inside of us. Most of the boys succumb to savagery due to their fear of the beast. As the novel progresses, Golding shows how different people feel the influences of the instincts of civilization and savagery to different degrees. While evil may lurk inside every human, the intesity of these impulses and the ability to control them differ between each individual. Jack and Roger both posses a weak continuum of evil. Both boys are eager to engage in violence and cruelty. Ralph and Simon both posses a strong continuum of evil. Both boys struggle to contain their brutal instincts and try to maintain civilized order. Society's norms and ideals might have influenced the shaping of the evil that exist within us. In this sense, much of the evil on the island is a result of not the boys' distance from society, but of their norms and ideals of that society justifies. The boys' norms and ideals might have been corrupted by the ongoing bloody war causing their potential evil. The boys' norms and ideals might have been pressured into violent human nature causing their evil. Lord of the Flies Theme Concept Map According to Goldings theory, every human posses evil within the human spirit. If given the chance, this evil within us will emerge causing us to become savage. Civilization can diminish but never wipe out the evil that exist within all human beings. The novel Lord of the Flies presents a complex explanation of humanity's potential for evil. “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” (Golding, 143)

In this quote the Lord of the Flies speaks to Simon telling him that the beast exist inside them. This confirms that evil inside the boys is the cause of their innate human savagery. The beast is an internal force that can not be defeated by hunting and killing it. The beast is the reason why things are the way they are for the boys. “The beast struggled foward, broke the ring and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water. At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit tore. There were no word, and no movement but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (Golding, 153)

In this quote Simon is attacked when he enters Jack's feast. At this point all of the boys are savages and have let thee evil within emerge.The boys eventually kill Simon due to their savagery. This is the result of the innate human evil that exist within. “The officer, surrounded by these noises, was moved and a little embarrassed. He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance” (Golding, 202)

In this quote the boys weep in front of the naval officer due what events occured on the island. Due to the ongoing bloody war, the navy was able to rescue the boys. The boys might have been corrupted by the environment of war they were raised in causing their evil. "Listen all of you. Me and my hunters, we're living along the beach by a flat rock. We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join my tribe come and see us. Perhaps I'll let you join. Perhaps not." (Golding, 140)

In this quote Jack is requesting for boys to join his tribe. Jack's tribe partakes hunting, feasting, and having fun. These savage like activities pressure many of the boys into violent human nature and let their internal evil emerge from within. "There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire." (Golding, 38)

In this quote Ralph is explaining to the boys that they must create a fire, so if a ship comes by the island they may notice them. In the novel, the fire is the boys only connection to civilization. When the signal fire grows weak, the boys become uncivilized and become savages. Ralph trying to create this signal fire shows his struggle to maintain civilized order. “We all built the first one, four of us the second one, and me'n Simon built the last one over there” (Golding, 80)

In this quote Ralph is explaining to the boys that Simon was the only boy who helped build all the shelters. The shelters also are a component to their civilization. Simon helping build these shelters for the boys shows the goodness in his heart and that he struggles to maintain civilized order. "He was safe from shame or self-consciousness behind the mask of his paint and could look at each of them inturn" (Golding, 140)

In this quote Jack's face is covered in paint. At this point in the novel Jack is a savage. Due to his face paint he is able to act savage like and let the evil inside him emerge. Jack has a weak continuum of evil because he is eager to engage in violence and cruelty because of his paint. "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment leaned all his weight on the leaver " (Golding, 180)

In this quote Roger pushes on the lever causing the great rock to launch down Castle Rock and kill Piggy and shatter the conch. Roger destroyed both a symbol of civilization and a civilized boy. Roger has a weak continuum of evil because he was eager to crush Piggy with the rock.
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