Forest Hills High School Laura Yusupova

Forest Hills High SchoolLaura YusupovaEnglish 5/14/04
Lord of the Flies by William Golding, shows how “evil often triumphs,
but never conquers”. Through out the novel, evil wins battle after battle,
however, in the end it loses the war. Lord of the Flies is a perfect
example proving this statement true. There are constant battles between
good and evil in characters.

The most obvious character that is frequently faced with these
battles is Jack. In the beginning of the book he is portrayed as evil, yet,
there is still righteousness in him. The first time that he encounters the
pig, he is not able to kill it; he has to use the mask to set him apart
from civilization in order to be a successful hunter. The mask symbolizes
savageness, which is why Jack is able to slaughter the pigs. The reason for
hunting and killing the pigs is very rational. The boys don’t just do it
for sport they use the pigs as a source of food. Jack gradually becomes
more and more aggressive; his interactions with the other boys change
dramatically. An example of this change is his relationship with Piggy. He
starts out by making fun of him; he then progresses to taking physical
actions. He punches Piggy knocking Piggy’s glasses off and almost breaking
them. Later in the novel he steals Piggy’s glasses leaving him virtually
blind. The glasses symbolizes life; they helped the boys start a fire on
the island. The fire is very important because it’s a source of warmth,
light, it could be used to prepare food, and a way of getting rescued. In
addition Jack scares the little children into believing that there is a
“beast” on the island. Being in charge of the hunters, he assures them that
they would hunt down the beast on kill him. The fear of the beast lures the
boys into Jack’s tribe. Another way Jack got their support, was bribe, he
organizes a feast to tempt the boys into his tribe. These are all examples
of evil triumphing in Jack’s character, but in the end evil never conquers.

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Jack is returned into a civilized state. William Golding does a great job
describing Jack in the end of his novel. Jack is the only one that is
described standing with his black cap that is left from his uniform. He is
left holding the remains of Piggy’s glasses. The cap and the glasses
symbolize order and society. Jack and the rest of the boys are returned
into a society where their new style of living would have to turn back to

Another character that is faced with battles between good and evil is
Ralph. Ralph and the hunters are attacked by a wild boar. Ralph is the only
one who to has a chance to wound the boar, Jack on the other hand, gets out
of the way. Ralph later tries to use this incident to get respect from the
boys. The pride that Ralph takes shows evil slowly progressing in Ralph’s
character. Another occurrence that shows evil triumphing in Ralph is when
the hunting game turns violent and the boys attack Robert. Robert is used
to act out the pig. Ralph, like everyone else, wants to hurt Robert,
luckily no one is killed. The next time that this game is played, the whole
group, including Ralph attacked Simon. Everyone was aware that Simon was
not the “beast”; nonetheless, they did not stop themselves from attacking
him. Ralph was the only one to acknowledge that they Simon death was not an
accident, but a murder, this one example that shows the goodness winning
the war in Ralph’s character.

In the end, evil never conquers the boys, ironically, it seems that
evil is on the verge of winning. The boys get rescued from the hell that
the created and are returned to “normalcy”.