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Lord of the flies

            When man has discarded or lost civilization order will be lost and man's first instincts will be reactivated as god intended them to do. There are many ways to demonstrate that William Golding's theory is correct by looking to the novel the Lord of the Flies. The children have just been introduced to the island, they are confused and do not know what to think. The idea of danger within them only starts to emerge, mainly by Simon who is the Christ figure of the group. The fear of the unknown is generated best through the beast. Another example of Golding's theory would be the killing of Simon, and inevitably the concept of Christ as well. The hunting down of Ralph (their former leader!) is the last example because it shows that new tribe is totally rebellious and has turned directly into the path of savagery and do not show any remorse. Although some people believe man is born good and turns evil due to the influences around him, Golding believes mankind is born evil and only conditioned to be good. The first step is not always as noticeable on the way back to evil because they are still not sure of their surroundings therefore not using all of their inherited skills yet.
             The fear of the unknown is a very powerful thing. A man can go crazy thinking about endless possibilities, so just think what it could do to children! The so-called "beast" generates tremendous amounts of curiosity when a small child says he spotted something in the bushes. "It came and went away again an" came back and wanted to eat him The boys felt it and stirred restlessly" (Golding,34). This quote proves that fear of the "beastie" is quite real and scary to the children. Another example of the fear would be when they came across the struggling pig in the creepers on the way back down the mountain. "They found a piglet caught in a curtain of creepers, throwing itself at the elastic traces in all the madness of extreme terror They all knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh"(28,29).

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