Lord of the Flies

What is the most valuable lesson that Lord of the Flies teaches the reader?

List 4 examples/events from the story that teaches the lesson.

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In many ways Golding's masterpiece (I'm not overstating) reflects mans' essential illness. There are lessons like the boys' needing to develop empathy, responsibility, respect and maturity. I think, however, Golding wanted to show us that man is essentially defective to begin with. This is why he uses children. They develop to their natural instincts which happens to be more evil than good. If anything Golding is reminding us that mankind needs to learn to be good, evil is instinctual. I think Golding puts it best when Simon imagines the beast as being human "at once heroic and sick."

Aslan stated that perfectly. The beast, i think as well as what aslan said, was something that their mind made up in my opinion. Like the boogie man for instance, little children made this evil figure in their mnds. i also think this book teaches us that even if ur a teenager, u can still want ur mommy. one more thing, jack really is the baddest guy in the book, its really rodger. jack is just bully that wants to b in charge. but rodger is just evil.