The fight of the good versus evil, takes place on the island, where Ralph tries to calm down and
The nature of good and evil in people (the “heart of darkness”) and theeffects of these opposing qualities on their social behaviour is a favourite theme of writers. Look at the following list of titles below. How many of these have you read? The Outsider, Albert CamusHeart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad The Inheritors, William Golding Pincher Martin, William Golding A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes The Turn of the Screw, Henry James Billy Budd, Herman MelvilleNineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson Dracula, Bram Stoker The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde Deathwatch, Robb White The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, SamuelTaylor Coleridge If you have read any of these texts, you will have seen how each writer is concerned with exploring the “dark side” of humanity. Task 1
a) List ten other texts (including film)that explore the idea of good and evil. b) How do these texts show humans to be either inherently good or evil? Task 2
In an interview in 1963, William Golding said of Lord of the Flies : “I learnedduring World War II just how brutal people can be to each other. Not just Germans or Japanese, but everyone. I tried to point that out . . . some have said that the brutality of the novel isimpossible. It’s not. Look at any newspaper . . .”
Your task is to defend or refute Golding’s viewpoint. It is important that you have a clear understanding and can define and discuss the nature of “evil”and the nature of “good”. To help you think about this very philosophical and contentious issue, you may wish to research definitions of “evil” and “good”. Secondly, you are to collect recent articlesfrom newspapers that discuss, explore, or report on humans’ capacity for good and evil. From your collection, select five articles that show the evil side and five that show the good side in...