How Does Golding Represent the Inner Nature of Man

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The inner nature of man is a corrupting force that is masked behind civilisation. The barrier that the inner nature of man hides behind is taken down on the island by the boys hunger for power, the freedom they are given and fear. When the inner nature of man is allowed to come through, it manifests itself in the form of savagery and the beast.
The first way we can see the boys overriding civilisation is when they first they realise there are no adults and that they have unlimited freedom, 'the fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realised ambition overcame him', the contrast between 'solemnly' and 'delight' whilst being very close together shows how easily and quickly they are letting their ambition overtake their initial views and ideas. Ralph has the ambition to control the island, whilst Ralph holds onto civilisation we can see that his ambition is very primal and this ambition comes from the freedom. Piggy contrasts to the idea of the lack of adults being a good thing, "Grownups know things," said Piggy. "They ain't afraid of the dark. They'd meet and have tea and discuss. Then things 'ud be all right-", the use of tea whilst describing the adults show that Piggy thinks that adults are a sign of civilisation. This shows us that Piggy believes that freedom isn't a good thing and that the boys cannot be trusted with it, Piggy likes the rules and order of civilisation and this is what stops him from being a savage. This also leads onto the fact that Piggy is constantly excluded, Piggy does not want the power, he just wants to be heard but he is a follower. Piggy does not have to need to control and this also stops him from becoming a savage. The boys want to act as adults and be the ones to take away each other's freedom, however their naivety means that they are bad leaders and they resort to savagery instead.
Piggy's lack of drive for power…...

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