Born Bad? William Golding's Lord Thesis

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On Golding's island, the nature of animal is based on a primal urge for survival; on Christie's the crimes reveal some of the true base or seamy sides of humanity. "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away" (82).Yet -- it is that very descent into fear that Christie postulates may have allowed those disposed of to, at the very last moment, repent and realize their wrong. "The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
The lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell" (38). For Golding, there really is no external evil; it is the internal imagination that morphs into a set of traits needed for survival. We must then ask what it is that keeps the lid from bursting off he human psyche? Is it simply our peers, beliefs, and morals or is it in fact something primarily more intense?


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