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Lord of the Flies

The Darkness in the Heart of Man

William Golding views mankind as inherently evil. He believes that there is darkness in every person's heart, only it is unable to emerge under the rules of society. He expresses this belief in his novel, Lord of the Flies. The group of boys who are stranded on the island are isolated from civilization and discipline. As the evil inside their souls consumes them, they revert to savagery. Although some of the boys try to keep order, the evil is more powerful. The behaviour of the boys reflects Golding's opinion of mankind.

I do not entirely agree with Golding's view. I believe that people are basically good; however, they have the potential for evil. Like Golding, I feel that there is a darkness in every person's heart. Our views contrast in that I believe we have a choice of whether or not we act on the evil inside of us. Golding on the other hand, deems that this evil is the natural human state and when it is not kept in check with the laws of society, it flourishes.

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