Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Is man really born with a evil persona or a persona that is worthy as an angel or is man born naked for a reason because he has nothing to bring to this world but himself? A person is not innately any characteristic, he was brought to the world from love and must choose to love or not. Mother Theresa explains this best by saying, “Everyone was created to be loved and to love.” The novel, Lord of the Flies, has characters that were not brought to the island good or evil, but has characters that changed because the atmosphere that they are in changed them. Because of the environment that you are in makes you become a certain person, you change with the circumstances of your environment, and interact with the condition of your environment. Major events affect your life in drastic ways. A marriage, for instance is a major occurrence and different kinds of marriages can drastically change your life.
A marriage that is abusive emotionally and physically can make your life full of hatred, you could be depressed, you could see your self as less a person than you are, and you could also be a frightened person because of it. A marriage completely different is one full of love. A marriage like that can cause a person to act blissful, to go out and do more things on account of your support system, and you can show other people to have loving lives like yours. All the characters, as one, are in a kind of marriage together, they lived concurrently and supported each other. The marriage was abusive, they taunted each other, especially Piggy.
They taunted him at first meeting by saying this, “Hes not Fatty.. his real names Piggy”(21). On account of that Piggy felt not worthy to other characters in the novel and didnt get to show his more intelligent side to everyone. Events are a primary device that causes people to act a certain way. If the characters didnt live so close together and taunt Piggy, would he have acted the way he did through the course of the novel? Being brought into particular situations can alter your life. To cite an instance, a child being taken from his home, the only place he knew, and put into a foster home would be a particular situation that could alter ones life.
The other place he lived in may have been harmful to his well-being and it was a positive occurrence that he was brought out of his home. On the other hand, the foster home could affect his well-being in a more negative way than his old home. The Lord of the Flies is based upon the fact that these children were suddenly thrusted into a new environment that in the end affected them in a very negative way. The conversation Ralph has with the naval officer in the end expresses how a person from the outside cant believe that children could be killing each other just because they are alone on an island; the officer says,” We saw your smoke. What have you been doing? Having a war or something?” (201). The truth was that their new environment, the island, was a big reason that did really have a war with each other.
Changing an environment may have an effect on a person in many different ways, good and bad. People are who they are because of people that surround them. For example, Piggy grew up with his aunt, who spoiled him, and taught him about his asthma. Piggy proves he runs his life according to his aunt by saying, “My auntie told me not to run..on account of my asthma”(9). Piggys new surroundings changed him into what he was in the story. An example of this would be when the other boys teased him.
Because of their harsh treatment he was quiet and less self-confident. The boys were now his aunt and they now controlled how he acted and felt. Lord of the Flies is a good example of how people in your surroundings help make the person you are. In conclusion, your future is not decided at birth. The good and evil in mankind depends on the situations that happen, not on that one person. The evil that happened in Lord of the Flies occurred because of the situations on their environment, the island, and the situations that happened to them individually. A person is not just plain evil or just good, we are all full of different characteristics because of the experiences that we have had, good experiences and bad.
Finally, as human beings we are all born equal, and what happens during the course of our lives determines who you are.