Evil is a manifestation of malevolence, depravity, and wickedness that a person is characterized by. In the fictional novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the characters drift away from being virtuous, good, civilized boys into primal, evil, savages. This supports Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s beliefs in the naturalism movement, that humans are naturally pure and good but depending on our environment we can be shaped as good or evil. At the beginning of the novel, Jack was described as a simple, good, lead choir boy but as the novel progresses the events that occur change him into an evil, savage-like character. When Jack painted his face to conceal his identity it was the defining moment where he began to express his evil side, “a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”(64). When Ralph got chosen as leader instead of Jack, conflicts began to arise between the two and Jack decided to form his own group of “savages”. Jacks group developed a dark chant that they performed before every hunt that would excite them and when Simon came down the mountain, unaware of what was happening at the feast, the boys were so into the chant that they didn’t recognize who he was and killed him in a brutal and animalistic way, “There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.”(153). At the end of the novel after both Piggy and Simon’s death, Jack becomes obsessed with trying to kill Ralph as well, just like a predator with his prey, and that ultimately ends up changing him into a purely evil character, “The savage peered into the obscurity beneath the thicket.”(199). Roger is another example of a character who progressively develops into an evil savage through being on the island. At the beginning of the novel, just like Jack, he was described as a choir boy with strong morals. When Roger threw the rocks at the Henry on the beach with the intention of failing it was evident that due to his fear of punishment and his strong values he was unable to actually hit Henry because he was still holding on to civility, “Roger stooped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry-threw it to miss.”(62).
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