William Golding wrote the novel Lord of the Flies in 1954, the novel tells the story of a group of English schoolboys stranded on a tropical island after their plane is shot down during the war. Lord of the Flies is about the evil inherent in humans when all rules and laws are taken away. The novel proves that humans are inherently evil, and strict adherence to laws and rules are the only way that humans can escape from this evil. Golding proves this through the actions of Jack, Ralph's decent in to savagery, and the fate of Simon.
The novel proves that humans are inherently evil through the actions of Jack Merridew. Jack is one of the older boys on the Island. He immediately shows instincts of savagery, violence and the desire for power; this is shown at the beginning of the book when Jack thinks he should be Chief with out a vote. Due to these tendencies he quickly loses what morals and values he had once, because he is without the laws and rules he had learned from his native country. He only likes the idea of rules because he wants some of the boys to break them so he can discipline them. Jack thinks that it is more important to hunt and kill the pig than to make shelters or maintain a signal fire for rescue. This is evident when Ralph asks Jack to help with shelters and Jack replies "We want meat". In conclusion, the novel Lord of the Flies shows that through the actions of Jack Merridew, humans are inherently evil.
Lord of the Flies proves that man is inherently through Ralph's decent in to savagery. In contrast to Jack, Ralph symbolizes order and civilization. Initially Ralph blows the conch to gather the boys together. When a vote is taken as to who will be leader, Ralph wins over Jack; however, as time goes by his command over the group diminishes. In chapter seven, Ralph cannot help but get caught up in the excitement of the boar hunt when he joins the other boys. After spearing the boar, Ralp