Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What does Lord of the Flies say about human nature?

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The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually... from his youth. Genesis 6:5 & 8:21

After serving in World War II and witnessing the horrors of war, William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in response to the Victorian novel Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne in which a group of boys stranded on an island prevail against the dangerous natives, proving that the intrinsic goodness in the English boys is superior to the evil ways of the natives.  In Lord of the Flies, Golding considers this theme of the intrinsic goodness of man, and finds it wrong; evil does come continually from the hearts of man as mentioned in the Bible's Book of Genesis; it is only society's restrictions which curtail certain evil acts.  In Chapter Four, for instance, the sadistic Roger watches as the small boy named Henry plays in the shallow water of the shoreline; his desire to do gratuitous harm to this child is curtailed only by...

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