Men are inherently good but affected by society? use three or two books Lord of the Flies, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Lord of the Flies.Men are inherently good but affected by society?...

Men are inherently good but affected by society? use three or two books Lord of the Flies, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Lord of the Flies.

Men are inherently good but affected by society?

use three or two books Lord of the Flies, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Lord of the Flies.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

So I assume you're asking us to use those books to comment on this.

Lord of the Flies certainly does not support this idea.  The kids, when freed from societal constraints, become uncontrolled and amoral.  This is clearly implying that it is only "civilization" that prevents people from acting on their inherently evil tendencies.

Huck Finn is the opposite.  Huck is inherently good.  It is only society that influences him towards bad actions.  The clearest example of this is how society influences him to approve of slavery when his own conscience tells him it is wrong.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree. The only inherently good one on the island in Lord of the Flies seems to be Simon, and we know what happens to him. The boy with the mulberry birthmark is an innocent who gets killed, as well. Both die because the rules are gone and the sin nature inherent in us all is allowed full control on the island. Huck is a good boy who is influenced by the people around him who allow their baser natures to control their behaviors.

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