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Lord Of The Flies Evil Quotes

Which quotes from Lord of the Flies best illustrate the theme that evil is inherent in everyone?

Quotes from Lord of the Flies that illustrate the theme that evil is inherent in everyone include Ralph's observation that "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering," Simon's suggestion that "Maybe the beast is us," and Ralph's understanding of the evil "in the darkness of man's heart."

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I would highlight the chant that the choir boys yell while on the hunt:

"'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'"

Combined with Ralph's observations when finally faced with the pig itself:

"The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering."

And, finally, any description associated with Roger, the most evil of the boys:

Roger stooped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry— threw it to miss. The stone, that token of preposterous time, bounded five yards to Henry's right and fell in the water. Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.

 

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joshsahian | Student

Acting on his darker impulses, at first in small ways, he knocks over Percival and Johnny's sand castles. Then he throws stones at Henry, only missing because his arm "was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins."

"They corner the wounded pig, and when she falls they are on her. Roger is particularly cruel, driving in his spear slowly by leaning his weight upon it until the sow screams in agony."

"Roger shows no mercy. He and the boys laugh at the screaming pig. They become hysterical after seeing where Roger had twisted his spear while inside the anus of the pig."

"Numb to the sufferings of others, he releases the rock that knocks Piggy to his death and tortures the twins into submission."

"He prepares a stick, with points sharpened at each end, on which to mount Ralph’s head."

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One especially good quote is from ch. 7 was "The desire to squeeze and hurt was overmasting". This showed that even though they were raised as civilized boys their is a beast within all of them