Is Mankind Inherently Evil In Lord Of The Flies

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Xunzi, a Chinse Confucian philosopher, once said that, "Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity." Xunzi is stating that it is natural for humans to take evil actions, but it takes a great deal of effort to be good and kind. Throughout the time of mankind, there have been a numerous amount of authors and philosophers that have pondered on the question of," is mankind inherently evil?" Based on the literary pieces I have read, I have come to the conclusion that mankind is naturally evil. Most of this evidence comes from the Lord of the Flies, The Most Dangerous Game, and an article named "Death of James Bulger". Human nature seems to have a tendency to abuse power and be selfish with it when it is given to them.…show more content…
One example comes from the Lord of the Flies, where Ralph seems to be, "fighting to get near, to a handful of that brown vulnerable flesh" (Golding 114). It describes how," the desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering" (Golding 115). In this quote, the boys on the island are pretending that Robert, one of the characters from the story, is a pig that they were going to kill. It describes how Ralph felt this uncontrollable, almost natural feeling and desire to hurt Robert. This quote displays how humans obliviously have vicious and wicked desires to hurt, not realizing how evil such a thought could be. "At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck bit tore. […] no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws" (Golding 153). In this quote, all the boys on the island are caught in the hype of the moment and are turned into complete savages. They see someone creeping out of the forest, which was Simon, and they immediately attack and murder him without any purpose. Ralph is the only one who later realizes how extreme and inhumane it was to kill Simon. This evidence points to the trait of how humans are unaware of the evilness and cruelness in the actions they

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